A PROVISIONAL date of March 2014 has been set for the start of work on building the new Viewforth High School in Kirkcaldy.
And Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee, says he is feeling “extremely positive” after visiting Fife’s newest schools to find out what’s in store for staff and pupils of the new school which will serve the east of the town.
With funding in place and a timescale mapped for the work, Councillor Crooks has been into schools in Dunfermline and Glenrothes to appraise the process ahead.
And he says he was very impressed by what he found and has every confidence that staff and pupil influence will help form the new school, to be built on Windmill playing fields.
He said: “The way to ensure the new school has buy in from the start is to engage with people who will have a close interest in it. That’s not just the pupils and staff but also the community around who the school will emerge.
“I was really encouraged to find at Dunfermline High a school which was full of positivity and with many design features suggested by staff and pupils.
“Dunfermline High has a strong tradition in Arts and Theatre and was designed by Fife Council property services. I spoke to one of the teachers who pointed out a star covered curtain and seating arrangement in her “class” which made the room feel like a studio. It was her idea and it was delivered.
“There was natural light everywhere making it feel very open. You would think it was a university not a school and by using the Council designers and working closely with those using the building we now have a fantastic and welcoming asset.
“Auchmuty was still under construction when I visited, but most of the layout matches Dunfermline on a smaller scale and it seems this template is working successfully, it will be easy for Viewforth staff and pupils to imagine what their school will look like by visiting.
“There is still 20 per cent fine tuning to give the school the Viewforth touch and I really look forward to this exciting journey.
“Fife Council should be congratulated for adopting this inclusive project management style and the outcome is all the better for it.”