£260,000 grant for town academy

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Peterhead Academy has been awarded £260,000 in funding through Inspiring Learning Spaces.

The Scottish Government announced a total of 20 projects across 19 local authorities to receive funding to improve areas for learning in schools.

The cash will be used to remodel four classrooms to create an innovative teaching and learning environment that is modern, flexible and motivating.

Cabinet Secretary for Education Angela Constance announced the projects stating: “It’s encouraging that many of the submissions from local authorities involve working with partners including further and higher education institutions and schools across their areas so more pupils can benefit from these new spaces

“And it’s not just pupils who will benefit as many of the spaces will also allow staff to develop their skills and will provide facilities the wider community can use.”

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Alison Evison, said:“Peterhead Academy is a building with lots of potential and this funding will help create an innovative multi-functional learning space, allowing the curriculum to be delivered in a flexible and inspirational environment.

“School pupils and local stakeholders will have a large role in determining the detail of proposals which will develop the sense of pride they feel in their school.

“The remodeling and new equipment will enable a variety of dynamic teaching methods that will increase motivation to learn and I look forward to seeing the finished result.”

Banff and Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson added: “This latest funding underlines the SNP government’s commitment to ensuring every child receives a world class education and will create the modern and creative new learning spaces we need to achieve this.

“The SNP already has a strong record of delivery on schools - since 2007, the 520 schools across Scotland have been built or refurbished.

“But we know that we need to do more to ensure every child has an equal chance to succeed – that’s why the First Minister has made closing the educational attainment gap a priority.”