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Perth & Kinross Council to receive funding from Learning Investment Programme

Perth & Kinross Council will receive revenue funding from the Scottish Government to build two new schools in Perth benefiting more than 2000 children and young people.

The funding was announced on Friday 18 December as part of Phase 2 of the Learning Estate Investment Programme.

The Council will receive revenue funding worth 50% of the total capital cost of building a new Perth High School building and a replacement for North Muirton and Balhousie primaries over 25 years.

Capital funding for the projects was approved by Perth & Kinross Council on 30 September 2020.

The new Perth High School will cost c£58.5 million and the new, as yet unnamed primary, C£16.5 million.

Both schools will give pupils and teachers a greatly improved learning and teaching environment as well as being more environmentally-friendly.

The new Perth High School is expected to open in 2024 while the new primary is scheduled for 2023.

Perth 7 Kinross Council leader Councillor Murray Lyle: "At Perth and Kinross Council we are determined to give our children and young people the best start in life and these projects are the latest in our long-term plan to transform our Learning Estate.

"As well as providing new, modern learning and teaching environments, both the new Perth High School and the replacement for North Muirton and Balhousie Primary schools will be built to Passivhaus construction standards helping us meet our target of zero carbon emissions by 2045.  Additionally, Perth High School will be part of the wider transformation of the north Perth area, which will be supported by new technologies including the Perth City Smart Energy Programme and the Perth Innovation Highway."

Lifelong Learning Committee convenor Councillor Caroline Shiers said: "The construction of these two new schools is extremely exciting for the Perth High School and North Muirton/Balhousie Primary communities.

 "The two new developments will replace schools that are nearing the end of their working life with modern, state-of-the-art settings and will benefit more than 2000 pupils from all age groups.

"The new primary school will see the two school communities come together to create a single school community with a new identity. The school facilities will be designed to provide an inclusive environment that enables children with additional support needs to easily access learning in mainstream classes and will include a dedicated base to support those with more complex additional support needs."

"The development of both these new schools is an important part of our programme to transform the Learning Estate across Perth and Kinross. We are committed to providing the best possible learning experiences for all our children and workplaces for our dedicated schools staff."

Between 2010 and March 2020 Perth & Kinross Council has invested £120 million in its learning estate.