THE same firm that's building new schools in Dunfermline will be the main contractor for the new £85 million Inverkeithing High.

BAM Construction are working on replacements for St Columba's and Woodmill, due to open in August 2024, and will then head to the Fleet Grounds in Rosyth.

That's where the new Inverkeithing High will be built and local councillor Patrick Browne asked for an update on the "long awaited £85m" school project.

At last week's Fife Council meeting, education spokesperson Cllr Cara Hilton said: "I can confirm that in line with our usual processes we have raised a new project request with Hub East Central Scotland to progress the design of a new campus.

"The design team and the main contractor were appointed in December and the team has extensive experience in delivering previous schools for Fife Council.

"A formal consultation needs to be undertaken. It's a proposal that the school will be relocated to a different site.

"It's currently anticipated that a report seeking approval to commence the statutory consultation process will be brought to the cabinet committee next month.

"It's intended that the building will be open to pupils in August 2026."

A proposal of application notice has been submitted and public consultation events begin next month, with details of the plans, timelines and key information.

Locals can find out more from 3pm to 7pm at the Parkgate Centre in Rosyth on April 26, and the following day at Inverkeithing High's community wing, from 3.30pm to 7.30pm.

There will then be events, at the same times, at Parkgate on May 24 and the next day at Inverkeithing High.

The new high school at the Fleet Grounds is expected to accommodate up to 2,000 pupils and will replace the current Inverkeithing High, which is more than 50 years old and rated only as category C for condition and suitability.

While the school will be relocated there's a concerted campaign to keep The Wing – the community use part of the high school that includes a swimming pool – in Inverkeithing.

BAM also built the new Dunfermline High School, which cost £40m and opened in 2012.