Currie Community High School to be replaced with a new school
Education Convener and Vice Convener welcome the news after funding is revealed by the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Government announced the funding today (Monday 9 September) as part of the first phase of their New Learning Estate Investment Programme.
Cllr Ian Perry, Education Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Building a new Currie Community High School has been a top priority for the Council and today’s announcement is really encouraging news. It’s a real boost for our ambitious plans to replace six high schools as part of our Wave 4 programme. Just last month planning permission was approved for a new Castlebrae High School with work due to start on site later this year and we have put in place funding for Phase 1 of a new Trinity Academy. Replacement schools for Liberton, WHEC and Balerno are all part of our plans as we aim to replace poor condition high school buildings with fit for purpose, learning and community hubs. These will be innovatively and sustainably designed so they are inspirational places for learning for the next generation.
“We already have robust business cases in place for these schools and will continue to work in partnership with the Scottish Government, COSLA and others to develop a joined-up investment strategy which will ensure the full programme of new high schools can be implemented as quickly as possible.”
Cllr Alison Dickie, Education Vice Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “This announcement gives us a great opportunity to innovatively build schools for the future that are fit for 21st Century learning. A key element of any new school design is the many aspects that support greater accessibility and inclusion for all young people and encourages learning opportunities for the whole community. We’ve already started early engagement with Currie staff, parents and the wider community and this will now be developed further as we start detailed design planning next year. In line with the Council’s bold commitment of being carbon neutral by 2030 we will be looking to ensure Currie is a model for low carbon schools and investigate opportunities to achieve Passivhaus accreditation.
“As a former teacher I know how important it is to embrace innovative ways of improving the learning environment. We will ensure that our plans for new schools are designed to be inclusive and meet the wide variety of learning styles and learner needs. We are committed to creating a first-class learning estate and ensuring all our children have the best possible learning environment in which to flourish.”