Sunday, January 19, 2020
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Dunvegan Primary School is one of three Highland schools to receive Scottish Government funding.

A capital allocation for the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) expansion programme promises to make significant improvements to the school.

Highland Council plans to demolish some of the poor quality building in Dunvegan.  They also hope to invest in a new build for nursery, kitchen, dining, games hall and ancillary accommodation.  

The Council will also invest in Beauly and Kiltearn schools.

A report to Council in March 2018, agreeing the capital programme, made clear the need for capital investment was far greater than the funding available. Eleven schools were agreed to be priorities: These include a Tain 3-18 campus; Nairn and Fortrose secondary schools; schools in Invergordon; Beauly, Broadford, Dunvegan and Tarradale primaries; St. Clements school and primaries in Alness and Kiltearn.

Budget Leader Alister Mackinnon said: “The Council’s capital planning now assumes £50million of capital over 5 years to support the eleven specific school priorities we have identified out of our total school estate of over 200 schools. The proposed capital investment is based on £25million of Council funding plus an assumed successful bid to Scottish Government for a further £25million, when this process opens later this year. However, £50million would not be sufficient to address the capital investment required for all 11 schools. We appreciate that communities want the best possible schools and are doing everything we possibly can to be bid-ready to make the funding case for these schools. We will continue to engage with the Scottish Government and the Scottish Futures Trust, with regard to the 11 priorities and the wider school estate within Highland and will continue to pro-actively make the case for investment in Highland schools.”

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