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Education boss meets pupils and staff at Tain school in frame for multimillion-pound replacement project


By Hector MacKenzie

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John Swinney met pupils and staff at Tain Royal Academy today.
John Swinney met pupils and staff at Tain Royal Academy today.

SCOTLAND's Deputy First Minister was today invited to see for himself the conditions at an Easter Ross secondary school slated for replacement by a trailblazing campus.

Highland Council last month confirmed it was giving top priority in its bid to the Scottish Government for funding to a school campus for children aged from three to 18 in Tain.

Pupils in Tain's primary and secondary schools have themselves got involved in an appeal for better buildings by producing a "video nasty" showing some of the defects they face daily.

John Swinney, who is Scotland's Education Secretary as well as deputy to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, was at the school earlier today at the invitation of local MSP Gail Ross to see for himself the condition of Tain Royal Academy and to meet pupils and staff.

Ms Ross said later: "I’m delighted that my SNP colleague was able to accept my invitation to meet with pupils and staff at Tain Royal Academy and see for himself the condition that the school is in as well as the impact that this is having on the learning and teaching environment.

“I believe that it is absolutely vital that Scottish Government funding is made available to ensure that a complete new campus is developed for the pupils and I will continue to work on ensuring that Highland Council are working as effectively as possible to deliver this project for Tain.”

An announcement on Scottish Government funding is expected later this year. It will be vital to meeting the multimillion-pound cost of a new campus, which will be built at Craighill.



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