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Schools PPP project to open doors
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Construction work on the new schools began in April last year
Stirling Council's 100m schools project is nearing completion with the first of nearly 3,000 pupils due to move into a new school next month.

The Public Private Partnership (PPP) deal will provide four new high schools, a community campus and a refurbished school for the area.

Pupils and staff from Dunblane High School will move into their new building on 18 November.

The project, by Stirling Council and Stirling Gateway, began in April 2006.

Following the move by Dunblane pupils, Raploch Primary School, St Mary's RC Primary and Kildean Primary will open in the new Raploch community campus on 7 January 2008.

The local authority said both Stirling and Wallace High Schools would open on 18 February.

Meeting space

Work to refurbish McLaren High School in Callendar is due to be completed in August 2008.

Construction of the new St Modan's High School at Forthbank in the city is also expected to be completed in 2008.

Councillor Colin Finlay, executive member with portfolio for children and lifelong learning, said the work would ensure pupils were taught in quality buildings.

He said: "This programme of schools rebuilding is about providing first rate schools fit for the 21st Century.

"I'm pleased to hear that progress on the building of these new schools is on schedule and that so many young people are going to benefit from these vastly improved facilities."

Community and further education facilities at the new Raploch campus will open to the public on Monday 29 October.

The facility will include a games hall, fitness suite, youth space, community offices and meeting space.

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