Sturgeon praises SNP’s school building record
Fund: More than 750 have either been built or refurbished
More than 750 schools have either been built or refurbished since the SNP came to power 11 years ago, the Scottish Government has said.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that as well as providing “enormous benefits” for children, the work had boosted communities across Scotland.
She spoke as ministers completed three opening ceremonies, with Ms Sturgeon at the new Largs Academy building in Ayr – part of a campus that has benefited from £25.3million of cash from the government’s Schools for the Future fund.
Education Secretary John Swinney opened Dundee’s Baldragon Academy, which received £19.5m, while Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville opened the new Boroughmuir High School in Edinburgh after £17.2m of work.
Since 2007 751 schools have either been built or refurbished, the government said. Over that period the number of school buildings that are in a good or satisfactory condition has increased from 61% to 85%.
A total of £1.8bn has been invested through the Schools for the Future programme, with some £1.13bn coming from the Scottish government and £665m from local councils.
Ms Sturgeon said: “It’s clear to see that the pupils and staff are all enjoying and benefiting from their
“This is just the latest of the long list of schools now rebuilt”
new learning environment. This is just the latest of the long list of schools now rebuilt or refurbished, with a hat-trick of High Schools open today. That’s a reflection of the importance of education as this Government’s number one priority.
“These new schools provide enormous benefits for the education of our children and young people, they also help the local economy with jobs.”
HANDS ON: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon opens the new Largs Campus school building in Ayr