First of­fi­cial tour of new Bertha Park School.

More than 200 vis­i­tors pack into the £32.5m Bertha Park School on the edge of Perth

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - RYAN MA­HER rma­her@the­

Fu­ture pupils have been given a sneak peek at Scot­land’s new­est sec­ondary school dur­ing its first of­fi­cial tour.

More than 200 vis­i­tors packed into the £32.5 mil­lion Bertha Park school on the edge of Perth.

They were among the first to take a look in­side the first new sec­ondary school to be built in Scot­land for more than a gen­er­a­tion.

The project be­gan in De­cem­ber 2017 and the school is on sched­ule to open its doors to pupils in Au­gust next year.

Led by de­vel­op­ment firm East Cen­tral Scot­land, with con­struc­tion com­pany Rober­ston serv­ing as the main con­trac­tor on be­half of Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil, it is the first sec­ondary to be built in Perth and Kin­ross since 1972.

Dr Gavin Lind­say, doors open days co­or­di­na­tor for the coun­cil, said: “It’s not ev­ery day that you get the op­por­tu­nity to step foot on an ac­tive

It was won­der­ful to see so many peo­ple from the com­mu­nity take an in­ter­est in our new school. HEADTEACHER STUART CLYDE

con­struc­tion site and rarer still to see the assem­bly of a new school up close.

“We were de­lighted to work with Robert­son to bring be­hind the scenes ac­cess to one of Perth’s new­est pub­lic build­ings and al­low the peo­ple of Perth and Kin­ross the chance to ap­pre­ci­ate the ar­chi­tec­ture of ed­u­ca­tion as it is be­ing re­alised.”

It is an­tic­i­pated around 200 jobs will be cre­ated fol­low­ing the build.

The first two teach­ing staff were hired in June and will li­aise with first year pupils at Perth Gram­mar School be­fore they join Bertha Park next Au­gust.

The new sec­ondary school catch­ment area will in­clude pupils from Bertha Park, Al­mond Val­ley and Perth West, as well as Auchter­gaven, Lo­gieal­mond, Methven, Pit­cairn, Ruthven­field, Ou­denarde, For­gan­denny, Forte­viot and Dun­bar­ney.

It is part of a £1 bil­lion de­vel­op­ment at Berth Park, where 3,000 homes will be built over 30 years.

The project will also cre­ate around 450 build­ing jobs.

Stuart Clyde, headteacher of Bertha Park, said: “It was won­der­ful to see so many peo­ple from the com­mu­nity take an in­ter­est in our new school and every­one seemed in­cred­i­bly im­pressed by the progress made in such a short time.

“We had some re­ally in­ter­est­ing ques­tions dur­ing the tours and I learned some­thing new each time I went round.”

Pic­ture: Alan Richard­son.

Vis­i­tors at the Robert­son open doors day at Bertha Park.

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