Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution has today (Monday 26 June 2017) paid a visit to the new Whatriggs Campus in East Ayrshire – an exciting £12.4 million investment in local education.
The Campus will house Whatriggs Primary School, merging Bellfield and Kirkstyle Primaries and a new Early Education Centre.
The new build is part of the Council’s 10 year £500m capital improvement programme and will provide an outstanding state of the art learning environment for young people, with fantastic purpose-build community meeting facilities.
Due to open its doors and welcome pupils in August 2017, the centrepiece of the new campus is a stunning new gym hall, overlooked by a glass lined walkway.
Welcoming Mr Mackay to the campus, Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council said: “Less than a year ago, work to build this amazing new facility began, marking a significant Council investment in education and the local community.
“The £12.4m school is set in the heart of the community and will provide the very best accommodation for our young people.
“They have played a large part in how the campus will meet their needs and we listened to their ideas for furniture, play equipment, quiet spaces and technology, among many other practical issues.
“In addition, they have chosen their new uniform and a school new motto: Smart Mind – Kind Heart, which is a perfect summary of the ethos at the heart of this stunning new school”.
Mr Mackay added: “I was very impressed by the new Whatriggs Campus. I am sure that the fantastic new facilities will bring huge benefits to students, staff, parents as well as the wider community.
“Learning and teaching in such inspirational settings can make a real difference to young people. I’m pleased that the Scottish Government was able to support East Ayrshire Council and the new Whatriggs Campus through the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme.”