A NEW facility has been confirmed for Lochies ASN School in Sauchie. 

Thanks to a share of a £2billion grant from the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities' Learning Estate Investment Programme, a new Lochies ASN School will be constructed.

Cllr Graham Lindsay, education spokesperson for Clacks Council, said: “We’re delighted that Lochies will benefit from phase three of the Learning Estate Investment Programme.

“Creating the very best possible learning environments to allow children to thrive is one of our top priorities. We’ve already delivered fantastic modern facilities including the impressive Tullibody South Campus and the extended and refurbished Early Learning and Childcare provision at Park Primary School.

"We want to see that progress continue with modern, flexible and inclusive facilities for all Clackmannanshire’s children and young people, including those with additional support needs.

“The new build Lochies will be co-located with the new Wellbeing Hub and is expected to be open to pupils in 2027."

Keith Brown MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, has also welcomed the funding. 

He added: “Lochies is a great school community with fantastic pupils and brilliant teachers. 

"What they all deserve is a learning environment to match and I am absolutely delighted that this round of LEIP funding from the Scottish Government will mean that can be provided.

"Modern and state-of-the-art facilities are the bedrock of high-quality education, ensuring all children including – indeed, especially - those with additional support needs, have equal opportunity to access safe, secure, and state-of-the-art spaces in which to learn, grow and develop.

“The SNP takes the condition of our school estate seriously.  In April 2007, only 61 per cent of Scotland’s schools were graded as being in ‘good’ or ‘satisfactory’ condition.  By April 2023, under the SNP, that figure has risen to 90.7 per cent.

“This significant funding underlines the SNP government’s commitment to delivering excellence and equity across Scotland’s schools, including here in Clackmannanshire – raising attainment and giving each child the best start in life.”