Community set to share in new secondary

Scottish Government Learning Minister Dr Alasdair Allan announced funding for The Waid, watched by pupils from the local Anstruther PS
Scottish Government Learning Minister Dr Alasdair Allan announced funding for The Waid, watched by pupils from the local Anstruther PS

A new £21.5 million secondary school for the East Neuk has been given the green light – and will open in 2017.

The Waid, Anstruther, is being promoted as much more than a school, it’s to be a community hub for the whole of the area, a one-stop shop for a huge range of public services.

The new plan was announced last week by the Scottish Government Learning Minister Alasdair Allan during a visit to Waid Academy. He told school staff and pupils: “Waid Academy has a distinguished history and I am pleased to announce the £20 million project for the new school.”

Head teacher Iain Hughes described the announcement as “a tremendous step forward” and commented: “This is something we have looked forward to for a long time, not just for the pupils here but for the young people in the community and the community around that we serve. We’ll have a fantastic learning community in the East Neuk.”

Fife Council leader David Ross said the Council had “very ambitious plans for The Waid”, which would “create not just a school but a whole community hub which is innovative and inspirational in design. I’m delighted we can now move forward with this exciting project.”

Local Fife councillor Elizabeth Riches described the news as “just fantastic! There has been a huge amount of work put in behind the scenes to bring about this result,” she said.

In a groundbreaking first for Fife, The Waid, to be built alongside Anstruther Primary, will bring a wide range of services under one roof, expected to include library, local council office, and partner organisations including Fife College and Police Scotland.