South Scotland

Kelso High School replacement project gains support

Kelso High School
Image caption The current Kelso High School dates back to the 1930s

Councillors in the Borders have given their support to a bid for nearly £10m of funding towards building a new high school in Kelso.

It is hoped the replacement secondary could be completed within a little more than four years.

Councillors agreed to back a bid for funding from the Scottish Futures Trust.

The school is the only secondary in the region assessed as "poor" in the council's estate management plan.

A replacement for the current premises, which date back to the 1930s, is estimated to cost a little less than £15m.

That figure, however, does not include the acquisition of land for the new school.

The SFT could provide £9.9m towards the Kelso High scheme, if a bid, which has to be lodged by 21 July, proves successful.

If that is the case, the project could be started immediately, with consultation, land acquisition and planning taking two-and-a-half years and the building work itself a further 18 months.

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