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21/06/13 12:56

New beginning for Ellon pupils

Work on £36 million Aberdeenshire school underway.

Life for over a thousand Ellon Academy pupils will be transformed on the completion of their new school building in 2015.

Work started today on the £36 million project which forms part of the Scottish Government’s £1.25 billion Scotland’s Schools for the Future building programme.

The new building is receiving £25 million coming directly from the Scottish Government. Minister for Learning Alasdair Allan today welcomed the breaking of ground on the new site.

He said:

“Ellon Academy is a large rural, comprehensive secondary school with a long tradition
of excellence and a strong relationship with the local community. Today marks an exciting development for both the school, its pupils and the wider community – by 2015 the school building will have been replaced with a state of the art facility aimed at providing pupils with the best possible environment for learning.

“This is one of 67 schools being replaced or refurbished as part of the £1.25 billion Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme, and one of three in Aberdeenshire – work at Mearns Academy is already underway and I expect to see progress at Alford Academy by the spring.

“By the time the Programme finishes the Scottish Government, together with local authorities, will have lifted over 46,000 pupils into top quality accommodation, helping ensure that our children and young people have the best possible chance of being ready for the global jobs market.”

Cllr Isobel Davidson, chair of the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee added:

“The new Ellon Academy Community Campus is one of a number of projects being developed by the education service, and will bring a significant boost for the community. The new campus will offer modern, sustainable facilities for pupils and residents alike and I am sure it will become a popular community hub.”