Parents, pupils and teachers at Liberton High School will be buoyed by the news that the council is looking to move ahead with plans to replace the current, dilapidated building.
The new proposals will see the current Gaelic medium education centre move from James Gillespie’s to a newly built Liberton High School. The council believes that the dual campus with Liberton High is the only deliverable option that is in line with the Scottish Government’s learning estate strategy – but it’s expected to carry a price-tag of around £75m. There are still big questions about where this money will be coming from, but the news is positive nonetheless. I have long championed the need for the Scottish Government to provide these funds from their near £500m underspend in their budget. I will continue to make the case.
I look forward to viewing these proposals and the capital funding package which will be necessary to complete the school by 2024.