A CALL for Fife Council to address the need for new high schools in Dunfermline will be made tomorrow.

Conservative councillor Kathleen Leslie is to put a motion before the full council meeting asking for a full report on all options for three new schools in Dunfermline and West Fife.

Seconded by Dunfermline South councillor, David J Ross, the motion will also ask for quarterly updates on each possibility.

Cllr Leslie said they were hearing a "deafening silence" about any progress.

"Woodmill has a looming capacity crisis and all three schools are listed as category C in condition – this means that the school estate itself is considered to be ‘poor and showing major defects'," she said.

“Last month plans for an additional 220 houses near Masterton Primary School were announced by Fife Council and, over the past decade, around 8,000 new homes have been built in the area. Where are all these children to go to school?

"Additionally, we want youngsters to be educated in buildings that are fully accessible and inclusive for all. Woodmill does not have full disabled access and Inverkeithing High School is listed as Suitability Rating C.

“There have been available funding streams in the past for new high schools, including Dunfermline and Queen Anne high schools, whilst the new Levenmouth Academy received £23 million in Scottish Government funding.

"The Education Secretary has spoken of the need for young people to be educated in world class schools. Now is the time for Fife Council’s administration to begin that process in Dunfermline and West Fife."

Fife Council's education and children's services spokesperson, Councillor Fay Sinclair, said she was well aware of the need for a resolution to the school situation.

"It is something I have been talking about for a couple of years," she said. "We are committed to delivering new high school buildings. Officers are already having conversations with the Scottish Government and other stakeholders to try and progress this.

"We have a committee structure so I will be putting forward an amendment to that to say yes, I would fully anticipate reports on progress, but they should go to the appropriate committees such as the the education committee and the assets, property and facilities committee."