We are building a new Currie Community High School and it is one of the projects included in the first phase of the Scottish Government's Learning Estate Investment Programme.
The new school building will be designed in line with the guiding principles of the Scottish Government's Learning Estate Strategy and we are aiming for it to be ready in 2024.
We are building the new school to Passivhaus standards which provides comfort but uses little energy for heating and cooling. It will be the first Passivhaus secondary school in Scotland.
We have developed a brief for the new school which was influenced by the school's vision and the feedback from the engagement methods mentioned below. Over the summer term we held a series of education workshops with the school’s senior team to plan their principles for education, inclusion, outdoor learning and sustainability, digital learning and community access. Strengthening this we had virtual meetings with colleagues from the Council who are specialised in these five areas. This has informed the design of the new building so far.
We have engaged with:
- learners from Currie Community High School and P7 learners from the cluster primary schools on 24 May 2019
- community members with Currie Community and Balerno High School learners at an event held on 19 June 2019.
The school presented their vision for the new school to the parents in partnership meeting on 30 October 2019 and has done the first of two workshops with learners on 4 November 2019.
In November we asked parents, teachers, learners and the community to help shape the brief for the school by filling out online questionnaires, we attended the South West Villages Living Well drop-in event at Currie Kirk, Gibson Craig Hall on 7 November 2019 and shared the school's vision and the questionnaire with attendees and helped them fill out the community questionnaire if they wanted assistance.
In January 2020 we met with the headteachers and parent council chairs of Currie High School, Woodlands and the cluster primary schools to start planning our engagement program with the parents, staff and learners of the school community. We plan to hold further talks with parents, locals and learners throughout the briefing and design process.
In January 2021 we met with the headteachers, parent council chairs of Currie High School, Woodlands and the cluster primary schools and local councillors to share a presentation on the plans and ambitions for the new school. We shared a brief for each of the new learning zones; STEM, Languages and Humanities, Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing and Integrated Support. This was written by the Learning Estate Planning team and the school and contains images for inspiration, this will continue to be used as a guide throughout the project.
The architect and landscape architect shared the progress so far on the design of the new school and grounds, further consultation is planned so these designs and concept images are subject to change.
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October 2019 Newsletter to Currie Community High School parents
What are we doing?
The Council is committed to building a new Currie Community High School and it had been confirmed as one of the projects included in the initial phase of the Scottish Government's Learning Estate Investment Programme. The new school building will be designed with the guiding principles of the Scottish Government's Learning Estate Strategy as a key focus. These include better learning and teaching, wellbeing and inclusion, community use, sustainability, outdoor learning and engagement with learners and the community.
We are currently working on a feasibility study for the project including a strategic education brief. The school's senior leadership team is drafting their vision for a new school building which will inform our ongoing discussions. As we strive to improve our school buildings with a focus on the school's carbon footprint, the school building will be the first Passivhaus secondary school in Scotland.
When is it happening?
We are working until the end of January 2020 to complete the feasibility study for the project which will include an expected programme for the detailed design and construction phases of the project. Before that there will be engagement sessions with staff, learners and the community.
How can I get involved?
7 November 2019: Sharing the school's draft vision for the new school. We will have a stall at the South West Villages Living Well drop-in event, 1pm-4pm at Currie Kirk, Gibson Craig Hall.
30 October 2019: Sharing the school's vision at the parents in partnership meeting.
Nov 2019: Launch of online survey for learners, staff and the local community to provide further feedback on key aspects of the school. Link to survey will be published on our webpage.
Oct-Dec 2019: Learner and community engagement will take place and we'll update you via a newsletter, twitter and our website.
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October 2019 Newsletter to Currie Community
Our Pentlands: Community Engagement Update Feedback from our Launch Event in June 2019
The intergenerational event we held on 19th June 2019 was well attended, with good representation from a variety of people from the local community. Download feedback from the Pentland community workshop - PDF.
On 9th September 2019 the Scottish Government announced funding for 11 new schools as part of a £1bn investment which includes Currie High School.
We have been working with Currie High School to develop their draft vision for the new school which they propose to share with the community at the next South West Villages Living Well Event on Thursday 7th November. You will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the school's vision at this event.
We are also starting to develop a project brief for the new school for an innovative learning environment. There will be a focus on sharing spaces with a wider range of users and new approaches to service delivery that meet the future needs of the school and wider community.
How can you contribute?
As part of the event on 7th November 2019, we will announce details of how the local community can provide further feedback on key aspects of the new school proposals. This information will input into the final school vision and project brief. If you do not have online access, please get in touch with any local groups or organisations you are part of as we will be contacting them to encourage them to participate. Everyone's support and feedback is much appreciated.
We aim to complete this part of the process by January 2020. We will then arrange for the preferred options for the new school to be shared, once these early stages have concluded. For further information on the project, or for any specific requirements for the event on 7th November, please email [email protected]
We will share the school's vision for community use and ask for feedback at the South West Villages Living Well drop-in event, 1 to 4pm at Currie Kirk, Gibson Craig Hall on 7 November 2019.