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The Scottish Government has committed £90m to fully fund the College portion of a new joint learning campus in Dunfermline, which will bring together pupils, students and staff at Woodmill High, St Columba’s High School and Fife College in modern, fit for purpose and low carbon facilities.

DFM John Swinney made the announcement yesterday in Dunfermline, where he met Woodmill High Headteacher Sandy McIntosh, school students being accommodated at Fife College and representatives of Fife College and Fife Council.

The new campus could be ready by the end of 2024, with an estimated cost is between £150 million and £180 million. The Scottish Government has confirmed it will invest up to £90 million in capital to fund the College portion of the campus, and up to 50% of the overall cost for the schools element.

Mr Swinney said:

“Woodmill High School was devastated by the fire and it is clear that Fife Council, Fife College and surrounding schools have made a tremendous effort to find alternative accommodation and minimise disruption to pupils’ learning.

“Since the fire ten days ago, I accelerated discussions with Fife Council and Fife College and I am now very pleased to confirm we support the development of a brand new joint learning campus.

“Locating the two schools and Fife College on the same site would give pupils easy access to a greater variety of subjects and qualifications. Schools, colleges and universities are the cornerstones of our communities and a joint campus model will give Dunfermline a hub of high quality, low carbon and digitally enabled facilities.”

College Principal Hugh Hall said:

“The proposals for the new campus, incorporating two High Schools, the College and a University hub are learner-centred, innovative and progressive and will be transformational for education in Scotland.

“The College has been working with Fife Council in formulating the proposals and together we will be moving at pace to take forward proposals to create a unique learning environment in West Fife.”