Levenmouth’s school can be very different

The new levenmouth secondary school will be built on land at the existing Buckhaven High.
The new levenmouth secondary school will be built on land at the existing Buckhaven High.

FIFE Council has the chance to create a “very different kind of secondary in Levenmouth”, according to Councillor Bryan Poole.

The Council’s education spokesman welcomed the executive committee’s decision to approve the proposal to replace Buckhaven and Kirkland high schools with one new secondary.

Cllr Poole said this was an once-in-a-lifetime chance to go beyond the notion of a community school and develop ‘the community’s school’ – a school which embraces all aspects of community life, perhaps incorporating a library, nursery and opportunities to specialise in renewables, new technology and computing.

He added: “Fife Council – has a responsibility to involve the school community and the local community in taking forward this project and over the next few weeks and months there will be opportunities for the Levenmouth community to influence how their new school will shape up.

“I would urge the local community to engage at this early stage – tell us what you think your new school should look like and become involved.”

In its response to the consultation, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education concluded the merger would be of “clear educational benefit to the children, young people and wider community”.

Independent councillor Andrew Rodger said: “Fife Council is focussing on the future and I’m delighted something like this is being delivered in Levenmouth.”

Councillors were told the current target is for the new school - providing accommodation for 1800 pupils – to open in 2016.