Cutting the turf for cutting edge new school

Archived news: published on Wednesday 26 Oct 2011 by Fife Council

Hats off to the new Auchmuty High School

Hats off to the new Auchmuty High School

One of Auchmuty's younger pupils helps Dr. Allan cut the first turf

One of Auchmuty's younger pupils helps Dr. Allan cut the first turf

WORK has officially begun on the building of the new Auchmuty High School today with the official cutting of the first turf at the site.

 Dr Alisdair Allan MSP, Minister for Skills and Learning was in Glenrothes to ceremonially dig out the first turf for the school foundations, watched by staff, pupils, local councillors and senior officials from the council and BAM construction.

 The school is one of six schools which Fife Council have built or are building as part of the £126m Building Fife’s Future project. The first to be completed, Carnegie Primary School, in Dunfermline, was opened in August of this year and is considered to be one of the best schools in Scotland.

The council are working in partnership with BAM Construction and there has been great collaboration between the design team, contractor, the Education Service and the school to ensure the new building will be fit for the 21st century, helping maximise delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence.  It follows on from the design of the new Dunfermline High School adapted to suit the Auchmuty High School brief and site.

After the ceremony Minister for Learning and Skills, Dr Alasdair Allan said: “It’s a privilege to be involved at the start of the process which marks the continuing improvement to the schools’ estate in Fife and Scotland overall.

“Part of the Scottish Government’s Schools for the Future building programme, the new Auchmuty High School will provide a first class, modern facility for 21st century learning and teaching which the whole community will take pride in for many years to come.”

Councillor Douglas Chapman, Chair of the Education and Children’s Services Committee welcomed Dr Allan to Fife. He said: “I’m so proud to have Dr Allan come along today to help us mark this occasion and recognise the commitment Fife Council has made to school building.

“Fife Council is investing a considerable amount of money and care in its new schools programme and I’m delighted that future generations of Glenrothes children will benefit from that investment.

”In preparing our design brief for these new high schools we visited schools all over the UK and sought the views of parents, teachers and pupils here in Fife to allow us to develop a design that will take our children into the future.”

 The project will cost around £31.3m and the school was originally planned for completion in 2016 but due to additional funding of almost £19m from the Scottish Government’s Scotland's Schools for the Future programme, which is led by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), the new school has been brought forward by three years.  The building will now be complete in time for the start of the new term in August 2013.  Completion of the new playing fields on the site of the old building will follow thereafter in 2014.

Gemma Gordon, associate director with SFT, explained: “We are delighted with the progress which has been made in the development of Auchmuty High School.  Fife Council has clearly built on the work completed at Dunfermline High School learning lessons and benefitting from developments across the wider programme along the way.  The cost savings demonstrate the real benefits that can be achieved through partnership working, an approach which SFT very much supports.

“The innovative £1.25bn Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme is being delivered by SFT which will benefit every Local Authority across Scotland.  37 schools have already been announced with more to follow, and construction is currently underway at eight sites.”


More than most Auchmuty High School Headteacher, Alan Pithie, is delighted to see work on his new school begin. He said: "As well as being enormously excited and thrilled at the prospect of a new Auchmuty High School all staff and pupils at the school see it as paramount importance to build the same level of affection and community pride in the new school as it has been our pleasure to have had in the old. 

“The new Auchmuty High School is at the very heart of the regeneration process of Glenrothes (the town in the trees) as it will offer the young citizens of the town educational opportunities that will open up new avenues and possibilities for them in the world of work and further education in Fife and beyond.  We are delighted that the whole community will be involved and benefit from this regeneration.”

 The new secondary school will have a bio mass plant; it will deliver renewable energy to the school. Other environmental features include:

  • A sophisticated Building Management System controlling heating and ventilation
  • CO2 and heat monitors in all classrooms to ensure balanced supply of fresh air
  • Lighting and heating zoned and controlled to reduce energy use
  • Solar glass to prevent overheating in summer
  • Rainwater collection to be used for flushing toilets
  • Solar panels to help heat water
  • Top level insulation and environment control
  • 40% of heating from renewable source
  • Environmentally sound materials to include – timber from certified sustainable sources, use of low energy light fittings and water saving fitments.

Additionally, to help meet Fife Council’s big 8 priority, “Making Fife the leading green council”, the project will be rated for energy efficiency utilising the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) for sustainability.

For more information contact

Colin McCredie, Programme Manager BFF 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 04 84 Contact Colin McCredie online
By Post: Fife Council Bankhead Central Bankhead Park Glenrothes Fife KY7 6GH

Douglas Chapman, Councillor 
Contact Douglas Chapman online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT
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