Construction work has started on the new James Gillespie’s High School in Edinburgh, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed this week.
The new school will be built for the City of Edinburgh Council and is expected to create 250 construction jobs and boost the building trades.
Deputy First Minister Nicole Sturgeon said: “Investment in infrastructure projects such as the new James Gillespie’s High School, not only supports jobs and apprenticeships locally, but it also helps the wider Scottish economy.”
The project involves the demolition of the existing school buildings, the construction of a new teaching block and brand new sports and performance buildings on the campus.
The £34 million-school will be part funded by the Scottish Government’s £1.25 billion Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme and will house 104 staff and 1,150 pupils.
The Grade A-listed Bruntsfield House at the centre of the campus will also undergo a major refurbishment.
Ms Sturgeon said: “In Scotland we are building many new schools, and refurbishing still more to provide an excellent learning environment for staff and pupils.
“This project is part of the Scottish Government’s £1.25 billion ‘Scotland’s Schools for the Future’ programme which will see the construction of 67 new schools and the movement of 46,000 pupils into top quality accommodation.”
The school is due to be completed by summer 2016 and is expected to support modern apprenticeships and a host of work experience opportunities.