Feasibility study for Waid Academy

Waid Academy from the air
Waid Academy from the air
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A feasibility exercise, jointly funded by Fife Council and Scottish Future Trust, is to be carried out to explore the possibility of delivering a new school for Waid Academy.

The prospect of a replacement secondary school in Anstruther has been a strong topic of duscussion ever since moves were made to secure a single new secondary building to serve Levenmouth, replacing Kirkland and Buckhaven High Schools.

East Neuk councillor Elizabeth Riches has welcomed news of the study and believes it is a positive way forward.

“Fife Council has already agreed to earmark £10 million in the capital plan but, obviously, this is not enough to build a new school,” she said. “The purpose of the feasibility study is to use the lessons learnt from building Dunfermline and Auchmuty High Schools, as well as working closely with colleagues at Angus and Perth and Kinross councils who have helped to inform the design of the new Levenmouth high school.”

There were principles which made more flexible use of space incorporated in future school design, which were supported by the Scottish Future Trust, said Cllr Riches, along with alternative approaches to teaching space for both standard and practical classrooms.

It was hoped to build show classrooms to illustrate the ideas first hand, while the study would also hopefully identify the best site on which to build a new school with the minimum of disruption.

Fellow Liberal Democrat councillor Donald Macgregor said he welcomed the innovative approach being taken and was “delighted” that progress was continuing over the new Waid Academy.

Cllr Riches concluded she was “cautiously optimistic” that a new Waid would become a reality.

“The results of the feasibility study should be available early next year and I hope the continued dialogue with Scottish Future Trust will result in a jointly funded project,” she said.

Both councillors have previously claimed Waid was being overlooked for refurbishment, around the time Fife Council’s executive made the funding bid on behalf of a new secondary for Levenmouth.

Two HMIe reports had been issued, criticising the condition of the Waid building, and the councillors said: “We both support the idea of combining Buckhaven and Kirkland schools, but feel priority should also be given to bringing Waid Academy up to a suitable standard.”