PREPARATION work for a new eagerly-awaited £35.4m Inverness Royal Academy campus has begun.
The new school, which is sited next to the existing Inverness Royal Academy on the city’s Culduthel Road, will be completed in June 2016 and open for pupils in August 2016.
The new school will have capacity for 1,460 pupils making it significantly larger than the current school which has a roll of 1,153.
This is to accommodate the housing growth within the catchment area and the increased uptake in Gaelic Medium education in the medium to long term.
Education chairman Alasdair Christie said: “The Inverness Royal Academy campus is a flagship project for the city of Inverness as well as providing a modern learning environment that will meet the needs of current and future pupils for many years to come. It will include a full range of community leisure facilities making it an important and integrated focal point within the local area.
“I’m delighted, as I’m sure all the staff and pupils are too, that work on this exciting development has begun.”