A DECISION on the location of a new Inverkeithing High School is set to be made next month.

Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP Lesley Laird called on the council to choose their preferred site by the end of the year as she said the building had "already passed" its sell-by date.

Fife Council confirmed to the Press this week that a report on the proposed new school will go to the education and children's services committee in October.

The preferred plot for a new school is still to be decided with six plots still being looked at. Three sites in Inverkeithing – one next to the current school, and two sites north of the A921 – have been mooted along with three pieces of land in Rosyth at the Fleet Grounds, HMS Caledonia and West Rosyth.

“We hoped for years – in vain – that the Scottish Government would actually deliver on promised funds, while Inverkeithing High continued to fall apart at the seams," said Ms Laird.

“That promise now lies dead in the water, I understand, so I’m all the more thankful Fife Council pushed above and beyond by pledging all funds needed to green-light the project.

“I would urge all parties now to get a move on and decide a location and I can see no reason why a preferred site cannot be finalised by the end of this year.

“There are compelling financial and logistical reasons why a new school should be built near the current school. A key consideration in any location decision must also be the continued operation of the much loved 'Wing'. In my opinion, land to the north of the A921 would present an ideal solution.

“For the sake of pupils, staff, and the wider community, we need to focus now on delivering a school which is fit for purpose and delivers a 21st century educational experience. The time for prevarication is over.”