Stur­geon praises SNP’s school build­ing record

Fund: More than 750 have ei­ther been built or re­fur­bished

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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

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