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'Weetabix school' is a must-see

Staff, councillors and pupils at Acharacle School site. Pic Highland Council
Staff, councillors and pupils at the Acharacle School site.

A new primary on the west coast of Scotland dubbed the "Weetabix school" has attracted nationwide interest.

Highland Council said the construction project in Ardnamurchan had drawn visits from other local authorities, engineers and architects.

It is claimed the school is so well insulated that the pupils' bodies will provide the heat once they have had their breakfast.

Once completed, it will replace Acharacle Primary School.

'Acoustic profile'

Highland Council said it would be Scotland's first wholly sustainable school and has had a visit from representatives from Scottish Enterprise.

Rooms will be heated from warmth given off from the children, staff and computers, while a wind turbine behind the school will provide hot water.

Rainwater will be collected from the copper roofs to flush the toilets.

All internal materials are natural and include untreated timber, linoleum, clay plaster and vegetable-based paints.

Classroom and hall ceilings have an "acoustic profile" to improve the acoustic performance of these rooms.

Council convener Sandy Park said: "This is a landmark and exciting development, which demonstrates our commitment to creating a greener and sustainable Highland Council."

Head teacher Lyndsay Bradley said the whole community was delighted that the new school was taking shape.

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