Kirkland unit funding approved

Kirkland High School
Kirkland High School

Councillors in Levenmouth have approved funding of £12,000 to keep a specialised unit at Kirkland High School running until the summer break.

The Apex Inclusion Unit works within the school to help keep some of the most vulnerable and challenging learners engaged in both school and the whole learning process.

It was set up two years ago and has been funded by Apex Scotland - which works with at-risk individuals across the country -and the Roberston Trust. However this funding has now come to an end.

In the last year the unit has worked with over 100 young people across the school community at an annual cost of £30,000.

Ahead of the new merged Levenmouth High School opening in 2016, measures have been taken to reduce the school roll at Kirkland, which has impacted on the school budget, meaning it was unable to provide funding.

Because of this, councillors were asked at last week’s Levenmouth area committee to meet a £12,000 shortfall - which will be added to £18,000 of funding secured by Apex Scotland - to keep the unit open until July 2015.

In the intervening period, the school management team will look to put a business plan together which can be taken to third sector providers in an attempt to source sustainable funding for the unit, which wll be taken forward to the new school.

Approving the report, chairman Councillor Tom Adams, said it was “well worth” the funding.