Brechin Community Campus was officially opened this morning (Friday) by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney at a special ceremony
The Minister was joined by; Councillor Iain Gaul, Angus Council Leader, Councillor Sheena Welsh, Angus Council Convener of Children and Learning, Councillor Jeanette Gaul, Chair of ANGUSalive board, Margo Williamson, Angus Council Strategic Director of Children and Learning and Archie Bathgate, Head Teacher at Brechin High School.
Mr Swinney said: “This new campus will provide a fantastic environment with truly modern facilities which the whole community will enjoy for generations to come and I am proud the Scottish Government has supported its construction with a £15.6 million investment.
“Such state of the art accommodation can inspire students, staff and parents and make a positive difference to learning outcomes which is why this Government remains committed to improving schools throughout the country. The £1.8 billion Schools for the Future programme will see the construction or refurbishment of 112 schools with a new project delivered in every local authority area, benefitting over 60,000 pupils by March 2020. As set out in yesterday’s budget we will provide £19 million capital funding to invest in the final year of this programme to reach more communities than ever before.”
Councillor Iain Gaul said: “This is a modern, fit-for-purpose community campus delivering first-rate facilities and an outstanding learning environment for all ages. As a focal point for Brechin, the new campus provides the very best of modern facilities and is a campus that residents can be proud of. Today’s official opening demonstrates the Councils commitment to delivering unrivalled education facilities for the whole community.”
ANGUSalive Chief Executive Kirsty Hunter said: “Brechin Community Campus is a flagship development and the community now has the opportunity to enjoy using the significantly enhanced local sport and leisure facilities it provides throughout the year. ANGUSalive, the culture, sport and leisure trust for Angus, is committed to changing lives by inspiring healthy, active and creative lifestyle choices. We will continue engage closely with the school and community to maximise the benefits of the campus for all.”
The new facility was developed in partnership with the East Central Territory hubco.
Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “We worked closely with Angus Council and Robertson to complete the project ahead of schedule and on budget. The new campus provides a high quality facility that has been purpose built to meet the needs of the community. The construction programme created 25 work placements and 17 apprenticeships and almost half of the workforce were local employees.”
The campus was developed as part of the Scotland’s Future Schools initiative and is part funded by Angus Council and the Scottish Government at a cost of £26.5 million. The campus opened its doors to pupils and the community in February 2016.