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Final Perth and Kinross community campus fully open

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Image caption More than 25% of pupils in Perth and Kinross are now taught in community campuses

Work on the sixth "community campus" in Perth and Kinross, the final part of a £136m project, has been completed.

More than a quarter of all pupils in the local authority area were now being taught in "state of the art" buildings, councillors said.

Nursery and primary school pupils will move into the North Inch Campus in Perth next month.

The secondary school and other facilities at the centre opened in March 2010.

North Inch is the final campus to be built in Perth and Kinross Council's Investment in Learning project. The pupils due to start there in November are from St John's RC Academy, which is currently based at Stormont Street in Perth.

'Great day'

The other community campuses are in Kinross, Crieff, Blairgowrie, Aberfeldy and Perth.

Each centre provides a mix of education, sport, cultural and leisure facilities that are open to the local community. Construction and maintenance is being provided by Axiom Education consortium in a 30 year contract.

Council leader Ian Miller said: "Our intention as a council in taking forward the Investment in Learning programme was to make a major improvement to teaching, learning and community provision in Perth and Kinross.

"This is a great day for pupils and staff at St John's Academy and the wider local community - the facilities here are excellent.

"With the completion of this campus, we now have over 25% of our pupils being taught in new, state of the art buildings."

On 3 November, St John's Academy pupils will walk from the North Inch to the new campus accompanied by a piper.

Campus leader Audrey May said: "This is an exciting time for everyone at St John's and I know our youngest learners are really keen to see the completed nursery and primary school for themselves."

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