Two sites make the shortlist for Carrongrange

The search for a new site for Carrongrange has been narrowed down
The search for a new site for Carrongrange has been narrowed down

After months of looking, the search to find a new home for Carrongrange School has been narrowed down to just two potential sites.

The choice from across the district is now between the former Weedingshall Children’s Home in Polmont and land next to Moray Primary School in Grangemouth.

Falkirk Council’s education executive was told at its inaugural meeting on Tuesday that a site selection team had considered - then dismissed - nine other options, including the former Denny and Grangemouth High School sites, the playing fields at Larbert High and even land next door to the existing school.

Want to comment on this article? Click here to sign up.

Gary Greenhorn, head of education planning and resources, said a “comprehensive” selection process had gone through five stages so far.

In his latest report he told councillors: “The site selection team will thoroughly review the respective merits of both.”

He said the length of time it will take pupils, who are spread across the area, to reach the new school compared with the current average travelling time of nine minutes, was a factor. It is estimated it will take eight minutes to get to Weedingshall and 10 to Grangemouth.

Formal consultation on the two sites will be completed before the end of October with a final recommendation going to the education executive before Christmas. It is expected the new school will open in August 2016.