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The new Invergowrie Primary was opened by John Swinney MSP today 23rd June, 2014.
The new state-of-the-art facility is an eight class school with the capacity for 235 primary pupils and 40 spaces within it’s nursery. The school and integrated nursery are all housed under the same roof; with the nursery and primary one pupils sharing a breakout space which will enable opportunities for joint working between both staff and children in the early years, all of which will contribute to an enhanced transition experience from nursery to primary.
The new building includes a gym area, drama space, dining centre, improved offices and staffroom, as well as well-equipped teaching spaces which include electronic smart boards.
Pupils and teachers moved into the new school in October 2013 while the second phase of the building programme was underway. This phase was completed in May 2014.
Finance Secretary John Swinney said: “The Scottish Government is committed to delivering good quality, well designed, sustainable schools through an investment of £1.25 billion in the Schools for the Future programme. Our investment will see the construction of 67 new schools to cater for over 46,000 pupils by 2018.
“I am pleased that we could contribute £2.5 million in funding for the construction of the new Invergowrie Primary School which provides state of the art accommodation for more than 200 pupils.
“I am delighted to help mark this milestone and wish the school all the best in their new environment.”
Councillor Ian Miller, Leader of Perth & Kinross Council, said: “The project was given top priority by the Council and the result is this marvellous building. This is only one of the many new schools we have constructed in Perth and Kinross under the Council’s ambitious and extensive programme of school renewals and this is on top of huge investment of improvements to our existing schools that we mean to continue in partnership with the Scottish Government. Seeing what our ambition has achieved here makes me more excited for the future of our schools.”
Councillor Bob Band, Convener of the Lifelong Learning Committee, said: “This new school has been shaped by the people who will directly benefit from it. By consulting with the staff, pupils, parents and members of the community we have been able to tailor the school to meet the needs locally and to the benefit of everyone who will use it. Across Perth and Kinross we are working hard to upgrade and improve our education facilities so that children and young people have access to high quality physical resources which support their learning experiences.”