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EIGHT MORE NEW COMMUNITY SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED

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The go-ahead for eight more new community school projects - in North Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross, Scottish Borders...
The go-ahead for eight more new community school projects - in North Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross, Scottish Borders, Renfrewshire, Aberdeenshire, East Renfrewshire, Midlothian and Orkney - was today announced by minister for children and education Sam Galbraith.

Under the second phase of the£26.6m pilot programme to raise standards and promote social inclusion, the new community schools will bring together under one roof a team of professionals providing a range of services including education, social work, family support and health education services. Already, 37 projects are under way across 30 education authorities and involving over 150 schools.

Announcing the second phase projects, which will start on 1 October, Sam Galbraith said: 'I have been impressed with quality of the proposals and the seriousness with which authorities have taken the need to achieve service integration for the benefit of pupils.

'This willingness to try out new ways of working will be one of the key elements in building the world-class educational system that we all want to see in Scotland.'

Two further proposals - from Stirling and West Dunbartonshire - are still under consideration.

Mr Galbraith was speaking at the opening of Dunbar new community schools cluster initiative, one of two NCS projects started under phase 1 by East Lothian Council. The cluster covers Dunbar Grammar School and its five associated primaries - Dunbar, West Barns, East Linton, Innerwick and Stenton.

He said: 'This is one of the first projects to be supported under the new community schools pilot programme. Breaking new ground involves a great deal of hard work. I have therefore been very impressed with the progress made over the past months.

'Although there is no single model for new community schools, the underlying principle - integration of services in order to promote social inclusion and raise standards of attainment - will eventually be adopted by all schools in Scotland.

In that process it will be important that the majority of schools outside the pilot scheme learn from schools, like those involved in the Dunbar cluster, which were at the forefront of establishing what new community schools would be like in practice.'

BACKGROUND

Details of the second phase of projects to be funded are as follows:

North Lanarkshire

The North Lanarkshire proposal covers Old Monkland and St Monica's Primary Schools, which serve the Kirkwood area of South Coatbridge and lie within the South Coatbridge Social Inclusion Partnership area.

Perth & Kinross

The Perth & Kinross proposal covers Goodburn Primary School, Crieff Road Nursery, Gowans Terrace Family Centre and Fairfield Community Education Centre in Perth.

Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders proposal covers Eyemouth High School and its six associated primary schools.

Renfrewshire

The Renfrewshire proposal covers the five primary schools (Craigielea, Ferguslie, Mossvale, St James' and St Fergus') which serve the Ferguslie Parkand Shortroods areas of Paisley, and the associated secondary schools of Castlehead High, Merksworth High and St Mirin's High.

Aberdeenshire

The Aberdeenshire proposal covers Turriff Academy and its 10 associated primary schools at Easterfield, Auchterless, Crudie, Fintry, Fisherford, King Edward, Monquhitter, New Blyth, Fyvie and Markethill.

East Renfrewshire

The Neilston NCS cluster covers Madras Nursery School, St Thomas's Primary, Neilston Primary, Eastwood High and St Luke's High.

Midlothian

The Midlothian proposal covers Lasswade Community High School and associated cluster, the Penicuik High Schools and associated clusters, and Dalkeith and St David's RC High Schools and the primary Schools in Dalkeith.

Orkney

The Orkney proposal will serve the needs of all schools in the council area.

In addition, proposals from Stirling and West Dunbartonshire are still under consideration for funding.

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