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THE NEW school at Forfar Academy has the potential to be the best in Britain.

This bold statement was made on Wednesday at the first of two public workshops held at the current school – which will be razed to the ground to make way for a new, state-of the art community campus.

Mr Melvyn Lynch, head teacher, could not contain his enthusiasm for the £33.6 million investment in the town.

He told those who had gathered in the school’s assembly hall: “I have to thank you all for turning out tonight for this project which is the most exciting period of my career – ironically it occurs at the end of it.

“During discussions with staff it was said this has the potential to create the best school in Scotland – but we feel it could be the best school in Britain.

“This is very exciting for the whole town and it is incredible to think that, in three years time, we could be standing in a new community facility which could be used from babies through to the older generation.”

He told the meeting a full consultation process had already taken place with staff; pupils at Forfar Academy were to be included in the consultation as were the school’s cluster primaries.

He continued: “This is a very exciting prospect for us all. The staff and pupils are so excited and enthusiastic about it. Since the local authority gave the go ahead we have been really looking forward to the next three years.

“But we want to hear as much observations and advice as possible so we get this right. We do need your input to help ensure it is the best it can be for the people of Forfar, who deserve it.”

Mr Lynch said the school had looked back on its history since it was officially opened by the Queen Mother in September 1965, and they were now looking forward to the opening of a 21st century learning facility for the whole community which, if all goes to plan, should be completed by April 2017.