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BusinessHub South West chosen to deliver new Dumfries High School

Hub South West chosen to deliver new Dumfries High School

HUB SOUTH West has been chosen to deliver the new Dumfries High School.

Dumfries and Galloway Council have appointed hub South West Scotland to develop the new high school, as part of phase two of the Scottish Government’s Learning Estate Investment Programme (LEIP).

The construction and infrastructure-focused partnership works with local authorities and private sector enterprises in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

The new school is jus one of 25 projects selected as part of phase two, with the new school being able to accommodate a school roll of 796 pupils with construction on the existing site.

A landscape shot of the current Dumfries High School.
The current Dumfries High School has stood on the site since 1961.

The project will deliver enhanced Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) learning, embedded within the curricular offering and facilities shaped to support this and enhance the pupil experience. 

Teacher training is also a focus for the project, with the hopes that it will allow opportunities for new and aspiring teachers and educationalists to develop their skills within a real school environment. 

In addition, the new Dumfries High School will aim to deliver enhanced sports and PE facilities.

Gillian Brydson, Director Skills, Education and Learning for Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “Dumfries High School is already at the heart of its community – our values of ambition and respect underpin our work to achieve the highest standards in all educational experiences.  

“This investment is an important step in providing a positive learning environment for each and every learner at Dumfries High School and supports the wider ambitions of Dumfries Learning Town.”

Neil McIntyre, Project Management Lead for phase two of Dumfries Learning Town at Dumfries and Galloway Council, said: “The new Dumfries High School will be recognised as a landmark community investment which will enhance the learning experience of our young people and will be also a beacon of community sports and leisure activity.”

Chief Executive of hub South West, Michael Ross, said: “We are delighted to deliver this exciting new project for Dumfries and Galloway Council as its development partner and to continue our partnership with the authority.

“Following completion of the tender process that is currently underway, we expect to announce the appointment of the wider team in the coming months.

“The new school building will achieve the highest standards of construction in line with the Scottish Government’s key measures of energy consumption, condition, digital, and economic growth and we believe that when completed it will be a continuing source of pride for the people of Dumfries for generations to come.”

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