A ceremony on Friday marked the official start of the £38 million project to provide a new education and leisure campus for Forfar.
Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities, cut the first sod of the project which will replace not only Forfar Academy but the town’s swimming pool and leisure centre.
Mr Brown said: “This ceremony is an important and exciting milestone for the new Forfar Community Campus and I’m delighted to be part of it.
“This new school will be an inspiring environment for pupils to learn in, but will also be the heart of the community here and I look forward to seeing the new school when it opens to pupils.”
Councillor Sheena Welsh, the council’s education convener also welcomed the start of construction at the site
She said: “I am delighted to see work start in earnest on this project which will create a facility of which everyone in Forfar can be proud.
“The campus approach allows us to bring together a range of enhanced services and spaces designed for use both during and out with the school day by the whole community.
“We want young people in Angus to be educated in learning facilities that are fit for the 21st century and this new community campus is the latest in a series of improvements progressed by the council.
“To achieve this, we have been investing in our school and property estate across the county. These modern, multi-functional and welcoming facilities will support and enhance the learning and teaching, while creating greater opportunity for community use.”