Work experience for Elgin High pupils is just outside the school

Work experience just a trowel away for Elgin High pupils.
Work experience just a trowel away for Elgin High pupils.

ELGIN HIGH SCHOOL pupils have been seeing the future for the school with their own eyes – by working on the building of their new school alongside their current one.

Each week Jake Innes, Rowan Duncan and Craig Alexander, S5 pupils at the Moray school, have been leaving their classroom to undertake some work experience on the construction site of the £29million project.

All aged 16, the boys have been provided with an insight into the construction industry by contractors Balfour Beatty. While their fellow pupils are busy in the classroom Jake, Rowan and Craig have been studying plans and drawings of the new school.

Jake said: “It has been really interesting going over the plans and going out on site to see the work that is going on. What makes it even more interesting is that it is our own new school.”

The trio have gained experience at the sharp end by observing and learning the various aspects of the construction process – from scaffolding to steelwork, concrete pouring to pipe fitting.

When completed in October next year the school will replace the existing 1970s building – and as soon as the transfer is complete the old school will be demolished, making way for a 3-G sports pitch, car parking and landscaping.