Angus MacDonald MSP Welcomes Scottish Government Funding for New School in Falkirk East

Funding provided to relocate Mariner Support Service

Angus MacDonald MSP has welcomed today’s announcement that Falkirk Council will receive a share of £230 million from the Scottish Government to relocate the Mariner Support Service, which will benefit secondary aged children and young people with additional support needs from across Falkirk district.

The Mariner Support Service is located in Polmont in Angus MacDonald’s Falkirk East constituency. The Service exists to support secondary aged children and young people with additional support needs from across the Falkirk Council area. These needs can be social, emotional and / or behavioural issues.

The £230 million investment, part of the final phase of the £1.8 billion ‘Schools for the Future’ programme, will take the overall number of schools being delivered across Scotland to 112.

Since the Schools for the Future programme began it has created an estimated 11,000 construction jobs and 230 apprenticeships.

Angus MacDonald MSP said:

“This SNP government is working hard to improve educational standards across the country to make sure that every child in Scotland has the ability to achieve their potential. Part of that is making sure children have the right physical environment to learn in.

“Today’s announcement is great news for Falkirk Council. The new Mariner Support Service will be a fantastic, modern building that pupils and teachers will enjoy for generations to come.

“Since 2007, we have worked with local authorities to rebuild or refurbish 607 schools, resulting in the number of children educated in ‘poor’ or ‘bad’ condition schools falling by 60 per cent.

“In addition to the educational benefits of the new school, it will also provide a boost to the local economy, creating many construction jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.”

The Mariner Support Service is located in Polmont which is 3 miles to the east of Falkirk. The Service exists to support secondary aged children and young people with additional support needs from across the Falkirk Council area. These needs can be social, emotional and / or behavioural issues.

Children and young people are referred to the service by their mainstream school, or, in some cases, they may come from other authorities.

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