Consultation set to start on school moves to new Fife super campus

Plans to move two Fife high schools to the future Dunfermline Learning Campus will officially be tabled tomorrow (Tuesday).

Monday, 15th March 2021, 5:27 pm
Updated Monday, 15th March 2021, 5:34 pm

Fife Council's education and children's services sub-committee is expected to agree to begin consultation on moving Dunfermline's St Columba's RC and Woodmill high schools.

Both schools have been earmarked for relocation by education chiefs for some time, prior to Woodmill being ravaged by fire in August 2019.

A draft of the consultation paper says the £200m super-campus, which will also incorporate a new Fife College campus, will see the schools' joint capacity grow to around 2,700 pupils.

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The site of the proposed campus in Dunfermline

The new schools will be packed with the latest learning technology, all-weather pitches, new gym halls, dance studios and a 400-capacity assembly hall. Fife Council says the new campus will continue hosting local sports clubs and dance groups.

The new site at the Halbeath Interchange sits around 1.5 miles to the east of St Columba's RC High, and almost two miles east of Woodmill. Bosses insist it is the best possible site for the new schools in Dunfermline.

Because consultation cannot be done in-person due to current Covid restrictions, the council's education executive director, Carrie Lindsay, has proposed holding three virtual consultation sessions via the Microsoft Teams platform.

These will be held on April 26, May 5 and May 17 from 6pm-7.30pm.

Further to this, informal "drop-in" sessions will also be held throughout the consultation period on Teams allowing parents to submit written comments. These will take place on:

Tuesday 20 April – 10.00 – 11.00 am

Thursday 22 April – 2.00 – 3.00 pm

Monday 26 April – 4.00 – 5.00 pm

Thursday 29 April – 10.00 – 11.00 am

Tuesday 11 May – 4.00 – 5.00 pm

Thursday 13 May – 2.00 – 3.00 pm

Wednesday 19 May – 11.00 to 12.00 noon

Friday 21 May – 2.00 – 3.00 pm

Tuesday 25 May – 4.00 – 5.00 pm

Following the consultation, Fife Council aims to make a formal decision on the school in August or September this year, with a target date of August 2024 for the new buildings official opening.

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