It was shovels at the ready at the site of the new Dunfermline Learning Campus for the official “groundbreaking” ceremony to celebrate the start of work on the site.

Council Leaders, Cllrs David Alexander and David Ross were joined by pupils, project contractors and Council Officers to mark the occasion.

The Dunfermline Learning Campus, due for completion in 2024, will bring together pupils, students and staff at St Columba’s RC High School, Woodmill High School and Fife College in modern, fit for purpose and low carbon facilities. The schools will accommodate up to 2,700 students and are being designed to give flexibility in the delivery of the curriculum all whilst retaining the individual school identities.

Commenting on the work so far Cllr David Alexander said: “I’m pleased to be here today, to see how work is progressing and to meet some of the young people who are going to benefit.
“We’re a step closer to a new learning campus in Dunfermline and an asset the whole community can benefit from.”

Cllr David Ross added: “Dunfermline Learning Campus will bring two high schools and Fife College together on one site.
“It’s an exciting opportunity for the young people of Fife. A shared learning campus opens many different routes for our young people by improving attainment, employability skills and positive destinations.”

Fife Council is working in partnership with Fife College and The Scottish Government to create Dunfermline Learning Campus. The project is procured and managed by hub East Central Scotland.

Cllr Craig Walker, Convener of Education & Childrens Services Sub-Committee praised the partnership approach: “Through this strong partnership with the Scottish Government and Fife College we can bring a new learning approach to Fife that will benefit our young people now and for generations to come.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “We have worked closely with Fife Council throughout the development of this project and it's great to see work now starting on site. We look forward to delivering a unique new learning campus for Dunfermline that is designed to meet the long-term needs of the community it serves.”