Work on the replacement for Larbert’s Carrongrange School is now well underway as Scottish economy minister Keith Brown saw for himself this morning.
The minister joined Falkirk Council chief executive Mary Pitcaithly, Baillie Joan Paterson and pupis from the existing Carrongrange School on site at the new construction near Moray Primary School in Grangemouth.
Work on the new ASN (assisted learning needs) secondary school, which will reportedly be named Carrongrange High School, began in the summer and is progressing on schedule with construction of the structural steel frame, the floor slabs on the first and ground floor now complete and work on the roof and building envelope now begun.
The project is being delivered by hub East Central Scotland for Falkirk Council in partnership with Ogilvie Construction and is part of the Scottish Government’s £1.8billion Scotland’s Schools for the Future building programme. This will see 112 schools replaced or refurbished across Scotland.
Mr Brown said: “When complete, this new school will provide state-of-the-art educational accommodation for its pupils and I am pleased to say that the Scottish Government is providing funding of £9 million to help make this happen.
“I am delighted to be in Grangemouth today to help mark the start of the process which will result in a fantastic new school that the whole community can be proud of for many years to come.”
The school is scheduled to be completed by July next year, ready for the new term in August.
Councillor Alan Nimmo, Falkirk Council’s spokesperson for Education said: “The new school will offer up to 190 pupils a fabulous educational environment in which to learn and will feature many innovative and state of the art facilities.
“The whole project has involved working with parents and the wider school community in helping us to get to this stage as well and we look forward to this close co-operation continuing in the future.”
In addition to classroom accommodation, the new school will feature therapy and sensory rooms, a life skills training flat, multi-purpose and flexible social space areas, swimming and hydro-therapy pools, a sensory garden and pupil transport drop off zones.
Members of Falkirk Council’s education committee will note the progress made on the building at a meeting on Tuesday, where they are also expected to confirm the name of the new school.