Funding announced for new Queensferry Community High School

The Scottish Government has today (25 January 2016) confirmed funding support for the replacement of Queensferry Community High School.

The new building will replace the existing school as part of the City of Edinburgh Council’s 'Wave 4' school investment programme.

The project to replace the school has been included in the Scottish Government’s Schools for the Future Programme which will provide approximately two-thirds of the money with the Council providing the rest. 

The announcement was made this morning as Cabinet Secretary for Education, Angela Constance, visited the school where she was met by Councillor Cathy Fullerton, Vice Convener of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Education, Children and Families Committee, and Head Teacher John Wood.

Councillor Paul Godzik, Convener of the Education, Children and Families Committee, said: “This is great news for Queensferry Community High School and their local community. This funding will allow us to replace the existing school and provide first class facilities that can be used both by the school community during the day and the wider local community outside school hours. 

"Upgrading and improving our schools continues to be a key priority for the Capital Coalition. The £120m funding package for our 'Wave 3' schools is finally complete, and we look forward to seeing three new high schools, James Gillespie's, Boroughmuir and Portobello open later this year. 

“We now have a ‘Wave 4’ school investment programme which identifies a further seven schools which we want to replace including a new Queensferry Community High School, the funding for which represents the first step in delivering that programme.” 

Head Teacher John Wood said: “The school’s staff, pupils, parents and partners are excited by the new build and the contribution we can make to its design. It will give us opportunities to make sure that the facilities are appropriate for the most up to date thinking around learning and the courses that we can offer our young people.

“Of course we will also need to challenge ourselves to look ahead to the future generations of young people who will follow and how they too may benefit from this exciting new phase of Queensferry Community High School.”

Ms Constance said: “Today’s announcement is fantastic news for Edinburgh. The new Queensferry Community High School will be a fantastic, modern building that pupils, teachers and the whole community will enjoy for generations to come.

“Two secondary schools and one primary school are currently being built in Edinburgh through our Schools for the Future programme and I’m delighted even more pupils will benefit from the funding for the new school announced today.

“In addition to the educational benefits of the new school, it will also provide a boost to the local economy, creating many construction jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.”

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