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'Ambitious' opening target for Tain's new £45m super-school campus

By Hector MacKenzie

The new campus will be built on the existing site of Tain Royal Academy
The new campus will be built on the existing site of Tain Royal Academy

PLANS for a new £45m campus catering for three to 18 year olds in Tain are set to go ahead.

Highland Council confirmed today that it will proceed with its proposal to establish a new school campus for Tain following a public consultation.

Scottish Government Ministers have considered the local authority's proposal to establish the new campus in the Easter Ross town and have decided that the Council has fulfilled its obligations under the Schools (Consultation)(Scotland) Act 2010. 

Highland Council is is now set to progress its proposal to replace all existing education provision within Tain. 

The new Tain 3-18 campus, to be located on the existing Tain Royal Academy Site, will replace the existing Tain Royal Academy and Community Complex, Craighill Primary School, Knockbreck Primary School and Gaelic Nursery, St Duthus Special School and Tain Nursery.

Funding has already been allocated within Highland Council’s capital programme.

The council says it will be progressing the project in liaison with Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust as part of the “Scotland’s Schools for the Future” programme. 

Highland Council says that "an ambitious target" has been set for the new campus being operational in Autumn 2018.

Councillor Alasdair Christie, who chairs the Education, Children and Adult Services Committee, said: “I welcome the Scottish Government’s announcement and look forward to this exciting new development being progressed to deliver a modern new campus for Tain and the surrounding community.

"We will now move forward with further local discussion on the design and specification of the new campus, to provide a facility to meet the needs of current and future generations.”

Further information on the Council’s proposals for the Tain 3-18 Campus are available here.


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