New Schools Handed Over at Dunfermline Learning Campus

Fife Council has officially taken ownership of the new St Columba’s RC High School and Woodmill High School at the Dunfermline Learning Campus, marking the completion of this transformative educational project.

The keys were ceremoniously handed over to Fife Council Leader, Cllr David Ross by BAM’s Construction Director for Scotland, Martin Cooper.

Cllr Ross, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating; “We’re delighted to take ownership of these exceptional new facilities. The completion of St Columba’s RC High School and Woodmill High School represents a significant investment in the future of our young people and our community.

“These schools will provide state-of-the-art learning environments that will inspire and support our students for generations to come.”

The construction of the new schools began in September 2021, spearheaded by BAM Construction, and reached completion in June 2024. Reflecting on the project, Martin Cooper, BAM’s Construction Director for Scotland, remarked; “It has been a privilege to work on such a forward-thinking project. The completion of the schools at Dunfermline Learning Campus is a testament to the dedication and hard work of everyone involved.

“We are proud to deliver these outstanding facilities that will serve the community for many years.”

Fife Council’s Education Spokesperson, Cllr Cara Hilton, who has two children at Woodmill High School, added: “The schools at Dunfermline Learning Campus are finally ours! School staff can now add the finishing touches to get ready for pupils starting next month.
“This build has been a huge investment from Fife Council in the future of Fife’s young people. With help from our partners, we are building schools across Fife which are ground-breaking in their design and function."

Dunfermline Learning Campus is a collaborative effort between Fife Council, Fife College, and The Scottish Government. The schools’ build is procured and managed by hub East Central Scotland. In time, the campus will co-locate pupils, students, and staff from St Columba’s RC High School, Woodmill High School, and Fife College, in modern, fit-for-purpose, and low-carbon facilities.

The new schools are equipped with innovative internal spaces, including a pioneering 'Learning Lab' with performance analysis tools, media studios, recording booths, and extensive creative project spaces. The campus also features inspiring learning plazas, breakout booths, digitally enabled learning spaces, and a range of outdoor facilities designed to promote holistic development and well-being.

The schools will officially open to pupils after the summer break on Wednesday, August 21, 2024.