In Fife we currently have a school estate of 138 primary schools, 19 secondary schools, 5 special schools, 110 sites where nursery education is provided and 5 pupil support centres.
Our aim is to ensure that not only does our school estate provide best value for money but more importantly, it provides children and young people with a first class education in fit for purpose buildings, regardless of background or where they live. To help achieve this aim, we carried out a strategic review of our school estate and proposals were submitted to the Executive Committee during September 2013 and August 2014.
As at November 2014:
- we currently have 10,444 surplus places in primary schools and 7,520 surplus places in secondary schools
- the school roll in Fife has continued to fall in primary schools in 1980. Although it is expected through new housing that there will be an increase in pupil population, there will remain areas in Fife where the school rolls will continue to decline.
- as a result of demographic changes over a number of years there are a number of schools that are significantly under-occupied, whilst other schools, primarily in areas of recent housing development, face accommodation pressures from increased school rolls. Managing these issues requires large scale investment to ensrue continuity in service delivery.
As part of this review, a "Towards a Sustainable School Estate Strategy" was developed to ensure that our school estate is maintained at the right size to support high quality education locally and across Fife and that available resources are directed towards, where possible, improving children's learning instead of ongoing asset maintenance. This strategy was submitted to Executive Committee on 2 October 2012 and you can review the report by clicking here.
An Equality Impact Assessment has been undertaken in respect of the 'Towards a Sustainable School Estate Strategy'. The document can be found at the bottom of this page. An individual Equality Impact Assessment will be completed for each proposal which goes to the Executive Committee of Fife Council, and will accompany the Consultation Report. The report and associated assessment will be available on this website following publication.