£6m investment for college at new school site

Artist's impression of new Levenmouth secondary school
Artist's impression of new Levenmouth secondary school
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Education in Levenmouth has seen another boost thanks to a £6 million investment pledge in principle from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

The body responsible for funding teaching and learning provision in Scotland announced the plans on Monday, which will help to cement the links between school and college at the site of the new ‘super school’ in Levenmouth.

Youngsters in the area will benefit from not only a state of the art school building, but an on-site Fife College facility too.

The full site is set to open to pupils in Levenmouth in 2016.

The announcement comes ahead of the implementation of the final recommendations of the Wood Commission which looked at developing Scotland’s young workforce.

Commenting on the plans, Angela Constance, Minister for Youth Employment, called it an “exciting move” for young men and women in Fife.

She continued: “Having a school and college so closely linked physically is just one way to make a significant difference to the experiences of those who move towards vocational training as a career choice, and support the transition between two areas of education.

“I commend both Fife College and Fife Council for such foresight in this innovative approach and expect other colleges and local authorities to be watching closely. Colleges and schools working together – first and foremost over curriculum, but where it makes sense, over accommodation – is precisely the kind of approach that can secure the place of Scotland’s young workforce at the heart of our economic development.”

The investment has been welcomed by local councillor Alistair Hunter who said it was “a massive vote of confidence in Levenmouth”.

“This is a great step forward for Levenmouth. Learners of all ages will be able to benefit from a state of the art facility.

‘‘It is particularly significant for our young people meaning they can access essential work based vocational learning as part of their school curriculum.”

The annoucement came as representatives from business, training, education and politics met in Edinburgh to discuss the first recommendations from the commission, chaired by Sir Ian Wood.

The news has been welcomed by the Hugh Logan, principal of Fife College. He said: “It is a strong endorsement of Fife College’s core ambition, vision and strategy, which is focussed on fully engaging with local communities throughout the region.

“By working collaboratively with Fife Council, the Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council and other regional partners, we can realise ambitious projects that meet local needs, such as the shared campus at Levenmouth, to benefit the people of Fife.

‘‘The innovative approach in Levenmouth, aimed at delivering a fully integrated school and further education college curriculum, will help young people in East Fife to achieve their full potential.”

Fife College already has sites in Leven, Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes, and joined with Carnegie last year.