Upgrades for Glenrothes primaries

Fife Council is planning improvements at a number of primary schools including Caskieberran
Fife Council is planning improvements at a number of primary schools including Caskieberran

Plans for £6 million of improvements to Fife’s school buildings will include work at three Glenrothes primaries.

Caskieberran, Southwood and Warout will benefit from improvements as a result of last year’s controversial decision to close Tanshall Primary.

These further improvements will be undertaken during school holidays to avoid disruption to pupils’ learning

Cllr David Ross

Schools receiving pupils from those which are due to close were promised upgrade work, with Fife Council’s executive committee this week due to approve a package of improvements.

Council leader David Ross said: “I’m very pleased that we now have plans in place to carry out the £6m of improvement work on the schools receiving pupils affected by the closure proposals within the Sustainable School Estate Programme.

“As promised, all essential work will be completed for the start of the new school year and further improvements will be carried out over the next 18 months. These further improvements will be undertaken during school holidays to avoid disruption to pupils’ learning.

“I know that this has been a difficult period for all those affected, but having visited a number of the receiving schools I have been struck by their positive attitude and the work that has gone into making this transition as smooth as possible.”

Work at Caskieberran will include the redecoration of classrooms, and the refurbishment of cloakrooms and toilets, although this work is not expected to be completed by August 2016, a year after Tanshall pupils have moved to the school.

Improvements at Southwood also include cloakroom and toilet refurbishment, as well as replacement windows and doors, again by August 2016, and the creation of additional teaching space by August this year, while Warout will be refurbished and adapted to accommodate the pupil support unit which is moving from Tanshall after the summer holidays.

The three schools will also receive upgrades to IT and wireless networks. Some other improvements are already underway, such as lighting, CCTV and playground upgrades.

Furniture and resources from Tanshall will be offered to Caskieberran and Southwood schools to enhance their existing equipment provision.

Shelagh McLean, directorate resources manager, said: “Over the past months we have been working very closely with the headteachers of all the schools to make sure that transition is as smooth as possible for everyone involved.

“We now have a work schedule which has been carefully planned to cause the least disruption possible to all the pupils.”

The Tanshall school site is being considered for future use for affordable housing.