PUPILS and staff are settling well into what is virtually a new school at Carnoustie High which came into use last Monday.

The only carry-over from the former facility is the theatre, physical education and music department block located in the north east corner of the site and the swimming pool.

The new two and three-storey blocks extend to some 15 and 10.5 metres in height.

And the next phase of the works will be to demolish the old teaching block and create a car park and plaza area.

Head teacher Fraser Booth told the Guide & Gazette: "We are pleased to have moved into our new school building which provides pupils and staff with excellent learning environments, equipped with the best facilities such as interactive whiteboards in each classroom and enhanced information communication and technology facilities.

"I am particularly delighted at the way pupils and staff have coped with the migration from the old to the new buildings. This has involved a great deal of hard work and it was heartening to see the way that pupils and staff pulled together to make this a success.

"I would like to thank everyone concerned for the hard work and commitment they have shown over the past months."

Angus Council's education committee convener, Councillor Peter Nield, added: "Pupils and teachers at Carnoustie High School are settling well into their new purpose-built teaching block.

"This marks the latest milestone in the Carnoustie/Forfar schools project as it nears completion.

"By this summer, pupils in Forfar and Carnoustie will be educated in schools fit for the 21st century which have been fitted out to the highest standards.

"The council will continue to work to improve the school estate across Angus, including Montrose and Arbroath, to ensure that all pupils enjoy the best educational facilities."

Local MP Stewart Hosie is to visit the newly completed classrooms at Carnoustie High School later this month to see the new facilities.

The Dundee East MP will also take part in an open forum discussion with senior pupils at the school, many of whom will be first-time voters in the next election.

Mr Hosie said: "I am looking forward to revisiting my old school to hear how everyone is settling in and I am looking forward to meeting the staff and pupils and hearing first-hand about the benefits of the new facilities.

"The project was part of the previous SNP administration's ambitious 50 million schools project in 2004 and was completed on time last year."