The new school building has opened welcoming approximately 700
pupils into 57 bright modern classrooms on a campus measuring
10,518m2 - large enough to fit 447 double decker buses.
Part of the school will be used for vocational classes, which
are an essential part of Curriculum for Excellence. Pupils will
benefit from having a hairdressing studio and construction area on
site which will prevent pupils travelling to college to learn these
Classrooms are brightly decorated and designed to meet every
requirement of modern teaching with open-plan study areas, study
booths for individuals and a modern library equipped with a
selection of educational material.
BAM Construction used twin wall precast concrete to build the
school instead of steel and brick. As well as increasing the
quality of the structure this has also saved time and enabled the
school to be built in just 62 weeks - the quickest secondary school
ever built in Scotland.
The school is also on target for a BREEAM Excellent Award for
good use of energy saving measures such as solar panels. The
building is environmentally responsible and energy efficient which
also includes a number of renewable technologies such as photo
voltaic cells, solar/thermal hot water heating and a biomass
Once complete the site will also include a 'Walk of Life'
timeline of the school's history etched into the path leading to
the entrance; a fitness trail around the playground featuring
outdoor gym equipment; a music garden outdoor performance area with
seating for 30-40 people, and a school garden offering outdoor
dining areas. There will also be two flood-lit all-weather pitches,
a grass pitch and a 100m running track.
The new school was completed and opened for the start of the
2013 autumn session.