Skilful spade work last week heralded an ace new era for education in Levenmouth.
Representatives from the Scottish Government, Scottish Futures Trust, Fife Council, Fife College and contractors joined pupils and staff from Buckhaven and Kirkland High Schools to see the first turf cut on the new Levenmouth Campus.
The new ‘super’ high school, which will merge the catchments for Buckhaven and Kirkland High Schools into one, is just one of the innovative new schools being built in Fife as part of the council’s £213m investment plan ‘Building Fife’s Future’ (BFF).
Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, had the honour of ceremonially breaking the ground at the site, along with Fife Council’s spokesman for education, children, young people and families, Cllr Bryan Poole.
The Council has been allocated funding from the Scottish Future’s Trust for a new purpose-built secondary school in Levenmouth, to maximise the benefits for pupils and meet the needs of the whole Levenmouth and landward community.
The school, in the grounds of Buckhaven High and with an expected completion date in 2016, is also set to incorporate facilities for Fife College.
Cllr Poole said: “The Levenmouth community has struggled more than most to recover from its industrial past.
“Over the last few years, it’s been encouraging to see the Council investing in regeneration – putting money into improving the local environment and town centres and developing a range of employability opportunities.
“We’ve also attracted lots of inward investment from the renewables industry and Diageo continues to grow, along with a host of other smaller-scale initiatives.I’d like to think the final piece of the jigsaw is to get a world-class education and training facility sitting at the heart of the community. The new Levenmouth Campus will provide this.”