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Angus in Scotland receives two new primary schools

The district of Angus in Scotland, in the approximate area of Aberdeen, is set to benefit from the opening of two primary schools under the Schools for the Future Programme, these being Ladyloan Primary School and Muirfield Primary School.

Going into more detail, these two schools in Angus are the 99th and 100th schools to be redeveloped under the Schools for the Future Programme which sees to the construction of new school buildings and facilities through a £1.8Bn fund, listening to the voices of staff and pupils to best decide what the community needs.

By the summer of 2020, it is expected that 117 schools will have been constructed or will have had new facilities constructed through the scheme, with 842 jobs having been created so far through the spending of £560M on construction work, carried out by SME contractors.

The Education Secretary, John Swinney stated: “The £1.8Bn Schools for the Future Programme brought together pupils, teachers, staff and communities who told us what they wanted from their schools. Close working between government, local authorities and construction experts has delivered that with school replacement or refurbishment projects in all 32 local authority areas.

“The programme has output not only high quality school buildings that enhance pupils’ learning experience, it has produced a concerted and collaborative blueprint for better schools that give generations to come the best possible start in life.

“By bringing together expertise from the building sector with local authorities and the Scottish Futures Trust through the Education Buildings Scotland conference, we have cemented best practice for school projects across the country. Our Learning Estate Strategy takes what we have learnt from more than a decade of school and college projects and lays the path towards our vision of schools being the heart of their communities.”

The Associate Director of Education at the Scottish Futures Trust, Stephen Long added: “Our management of the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme is helping all Scotland’s 32 councils succeed in delivering the very best teaching and learning environments.

“As well as supporting many thousands of construction jobs, the programme is creating and delivering world-class, award-winning learning environments that not only meet future educational needs but are vibrant community assets as well. Now open, Ladyloan and Muirfield Primary Schools will play a vital role in the local community.”

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