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The announcement of a new school for the East Neuk - the Waid was made by Scottish Govt learning minister Dr Alasdair Allan (left) and welcomed by Fife Council leader David Ross, along with a group of youngsters from Anstruther Primary School

The announcement of a new school for the East Neuk - the Waid was made by Scottish Govt learning minister Dr Alasdair Allan (left) and welcomed by Fife Council leader David Ross, along with a group of youngsters from Anstruther Primary School

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The East Neuk is to have a new secondary school ... and the doors will open in just three years.

And the £20m -plus project, announced last week by Scottish Government Learning Minister Alasdair Allan, will see ‘The Waid’ (the traditional ‘Academy’ being dropped) being much more than a school, it will be an entire community hub.

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Neuk was given the green light this week - and it will open in 2017.

The Waid, Anstruther, is being promoted as much more than a school, it’s to be a community hub for the whole of the area, a one-stop shop for a huge range of public services.

The new plan was announced last week by the Scottish Government Learning Minister Alasdair Allan during a visit to Waid Academy. He told school staff and pupils: “Waid Academy has a distinguished history and I am pleased to announce the £20 million project for the new school.”

Head teacher Iain Hughes described the announcement as “a trememdous step forward” and commented: “This is something we have looked forward to for a long time, not just for the pupils here but for the young people in the community and the community around that we serve. We will have a fantastic learning community in the East Neuk.”

Fife Council leader David Ross said the council had: “very ambitious plans for The Waid,” which would: “create not just a school but a whole community hub which is both innovative and inspirational in design. I am delighted we can now move forward with this exciting project.”

Local Fife councillor Elizabeth Riches described the news as “just fantastic! There has been a huge amount of work put in behind the scenes to bring about this result,” she said.

In a ground breaking first for Fife, The Waid, to be built alongside Anstruther Primary School, will bring a wide range of services under one roof, expected to include library, local council office, and partner organisations including Fife College and Police Scotland