CARNOUSTIE'S Woodlands Primary School was officially opened on Wednesday.

It was the first built as part of Angus Council's 50 million school building programme in Forfar and Carnoustie.

Woodlands is part of the programme to provide a total of six new primary schools and one secondary school across the two burghs.

With the completion of the first phase of the project, hundreds of children are reaping the benefits of the most significant investment in the school estate by Angus Council in 40 years.

Set in mature trees and parkland, Woodlands is spacious and well equipped creating an active learning environment designed to engage children in a challenging and enjoyable way.

As well as providing the most up to date educational facilities possible for pupils and teachers, Woodlands also being used outside hours to the benefit of the whole community.

At the official opening, Angus Council's convener of education, Peter Nield, said: "Following a review of the whole school estate by Angus Council it became obvious that the schools in most need of improvement were in Carnoustie and Forfar, and I am delighted to see so many years of planning come to fruition with the first official opening of a school as part of this massive building programme.

"This programme is creating schools fit for the 21st century of which everyone can be proud and which will contribute positively to education of our young people, while providing fantastic up to date facilities for staff and will contribute positively to the whole community."

The opening ceremony was performed by Jan Nowak, senior education manager, and featured music and songs from the pupils, as well as a tour of the school for guests by P7 pupils.

The extensive building project is being made possible due to the use of a public private partnership with Robertson which will finance, build and maintain the schools over 30 years with the council paying the costs over this period.

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