'We've got the keys': Fife Council now own two new Dunfermline high schools

From left: Mick McGee (St Columba's headteacher), Cllr David Ross, Martin Cooper (Bam), Cllr Cara Hilton, Ken Gourlay (Fife Council CEO), Sandy Mcintosh (Woodmill headteacher)

Two new schools in the Kingdom have officially been handed over to Fife Council.

Leader of the local authority, David Ross received the keys to St Columbas RC High School and Woodmill High School from BAM’s Construction director for Scotland, Martin Cooper.

Mr Ross said: “We’re delighted to take ownership of these exceptional new facilities. The completion of St Columba’s RC High School and Woodmill High School represents a significant investment in the future of our young people and our community.

“These schools will provide state-of-the-art learning environments that will inspire and support our students for generations to come.”

Both will open their doors to pupils when the next school year starts on August 21.

Building them started in September 2021 and was completed last month (June 2024).

Mr Cooper said: “It has been a privilege to work on such a forward-thinking project. The completion of the schools at Dunfermline Learning Campus is a testament to the dedication and hard work of everyone involved.

“We are proud to deliver these outstanding facilities that will serve the community for many years.”

Fife Council’s Education Spokesperson, Cllr Cara Hilton, who has two children at Woodmill High School, added: “The schools at Dunfermline Learning Campus are finally ours! School staff can now add the finishing touches to get ready for pupils starting next month.

“This build has been a huge investment from Fife Council in the future of Fife’s young people. With help from our partners, we are building schools across Fife which are ground-breaking in their design and function."

Dunfermline Learning Campus will also be home to Fife College.

For more information on the schools click here.

For more information on the college click here.

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