A new £47 million secondary school in Aberdeen opened its doors to give a first glimpse at the facilities pupils can look forward to at the start of the new term.
Lochside Academy will serve the Torry, Kincorth, Cove and Nigg catchment areas and replaces the recently closed Torry and Kincorth academies.
The new school will open to pupils for the first time next Thursday.
Aberdeen City Council co-leaders Jenny Laing and Douglas Lumsden went on a tour of the new school along with educational operational delivery convener Councillor John Wheeler, and head teacher of the school Neil Hendry.
Head teacher Mr Hendry said: “I’m most excited about getting the young people into the building and seeing them thrive using these incredible facilities.
“It’s just a building at the moment and it doesn’t become a school until the young people arrive.
“Next week is going to be a huge day for us when our state-of-the-art building welcomes our pupils and becomes a school.”
The three-storey school will cater for up to 1,350 pupils of which 1,100 spots will be filled.
Pupils will benefit from new facilities such as an incorporated dance studio, fitness suite, games hall, six-lane swimming pool, an adjacent garden and a 3G pitch.
Mr Hendry said: “The staff have been involved right from the off and certainly as we have been finalising works, not just the teaching staff, but also the support staff.
“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make sure that staff, pupils and parents feel welcome here from day one and ensure that we can live up to Lochside’s ambitions to inspire individuals and be outstanding together.”
Some of the newest features the school offers are a special industrial room which gives students the space to fix cars, and a recording room equipped with Apple computers and 800 new Chromebooks.
Mr Hendry added: “We’ve got 800 Chromebooks and nowadays, if you’re doing English or Maths, you can just get your Chromebook out.
“All the young people can log onto them with their Google ID and have access to their Google Drive from there.
“They’re great because once they’re charged, they last for the entire day. Our library have no desktops, but instead uses the Chromebooks so that there’s more flexibility.”
Mr Lumsden said: “Lochside Academy is a marvellous testament to our £47m investment and you can see that every penny has been well spent on this fantastic school.
“It really is a fantastic facility which has been built here and schools have changed a lot since I was in school in terms of the tech. We’re told there’s more than 1,000 PCs, which is fantastic.
“Aberdeen City Council places enormous emphasis on education and providing the best facilities are a vital cog in our ambitions.”
Mrs Laing said the councillors were “blown away” by the quality of the resources.
She added: “The opening of Lochside Academy underlines this administration’s determination to continue to provide high-quality educational facilities for our young people right across Aberdeen.
“The new school will not only serve pupils and staff but will be available for use by the wider community – and we are confident it will be seen as a welcome addition to existing facilities in the south of the city.”