Let’s do our homework on school’s name

Ronnie Ross, Malcolm Keillor, Vicki Brown, Tom Adams, Tracey Young  & David McGrath  '- FPA -
Ronnie Ross, Malcolm Keillor, Vicki Brown, Tom Adams, Tracey Young & David McGrath '- FPA -

From next week, the Levenmouth community has the chance to take part in studying the subject of the area’s new secondary school.

A website is going live on March 23, enabling people of all ages to have a say in choosing a name for the new £40 million establishment, due to open in August next year.

A new high school for Levenmouth is still very much on the timetable for summer 2016 (picture by FPA)

A new high school for Levenmouth is still very much on the timetable for summer 2016 (picture by FPA)

Education bosses are looking for an entirely new name which possibly mirrors the area’s historical or cultural significance, or appropriately represents the locality –with no reference to either ‘Kirkland’ or ‘Buckhaven’.

Inviting the people to help select the new name for a new era was one of the most vivid examples of the all-inclusive notion of Levenmouth’s new school.

Councillor Tom Adams, chairman of Fife Council’s Levenmouth area committee said: “It’s about involving everybody.”

Head teacher in waiting Ronnie Ross said the “unique new 1800-pupil school would have outstanding opportunities for sport and community use, along with a “massive learning campus”.

This is a big development for Levenmouth and we want the community to be engaged as much as possible.

David McGrath

It was is the first time this model – working closely with college and parents towards an integrated curriculum with hopefully better destination prospects – had been tried in Scotland and it could be replicated elsewhere.

David McGrath, community learning and development team leader for Levenmouth, said: “This is a big development for Levenmouth and we want the community to be engaged as much as possible.”

The next meeting of the New School Liaison Group would be on April 22 at 6.30 p.m. in the library at Kirkland High and members hoped as many parents as possible – nursery, primary and secondary – would come along, plus anyone else with an interest.

Meantime, from Monday, the website for choosing the new name can be accessed at the following link, while people can respond until May 17.

They will be asked for their name, their choice and the reason for it, while a short list will be drawn up on which the pubic can vote, to ensure the widest representation.

The link is at http://www.fifedirect.org.uk/consult/index.cfm?fuseaction=consult.display&objectid=5583ED1E-A043-3F0E-2D156F2E54B872F9

Tracy Young and Vicki Brown, both parent representatives from Buckhaven,urged local people to “get involved” with the evolution of the new school, as “generations” would be connected with it. Parents appreciated the chance of consultation at such an early stage and, added Vicki: “We care about the standards of our children’s education.” The school name, the uniform design/colours, transport and access, were among the main current topics of discussion. Ronnie Ross said parents had played a critical role and helped to introduce the concept across Levenmouth and beyond, via the new school liaison group. Also, the physical construction process had allowed work experience and apprenticeships.