Dunfermline Learning Campus (DLC)
Is an innovative, integrated and collaborative venture to relocate:
Fife College (Dunfermline Campus)
St Columba’s RC High School
Woodmill High School
to a purpose-built new site on the eastern expansion area of Dunfermline.
The new campus aims to be open by the summer of 2024.
- Delivering a first-class, sustainable learning environment
- Building on existing partnerships and developing learner pathways
- Developing skills and helping to rebuild the economy
About the College
- Offers over 400 courses across 40 different subject areas
- Five main campuses located in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Levenmouth and Rosyth
- Nearly 17,000 FT & PT students, with total annual enrolments of 30,000
- Annual turnover approaching £50m and employing over 1,000 teaching and professional services staff
- Over 50% of our students are aged 25 or above, with a quarter of all students over the age of 40
- Student satisfaction rates of 94% and recommendation rates of 96%
- 91% of students progress to employment or further study on completing their course
About the Schools
- The aim is to co-locate Woodmill High School and St Columba’s RC High School in the new campus
- The combined pupil roll will be 2,700
- The combined schools will employ 246 staff
- St Columba’s RC High School is a denominational S1-S6 school serving the West Fife area
- Woodmill HS is a non-denominational S1-S6 school serving East Dunfermline catchment with Supported Learners facilities
- Both schools have strong links with the surrounding community
- Fife Council has 135 primaries, 18 secondaries and 5 special schools
- There are 49,660 school pupils in Fife
About the Region
- Scotland’s third-largest local authority area, serving 6.9% of the country’s population
- West Fife, and Dunfermline in particular, has seen exponential population growth in recent years
- Projected population growth by 2026: children = 26% increase; working age = 20% increase; older people = 69% increase
- Higher than national average rates of youth unemployment
- Fife business start-ups and survival rates remain below the national average
The new campus will be situated on a 58-acre purpose-built low carbon site in the eastern expansion area of Dunfermline.
The proposed design will build on the concept of a ‘learning village’ with a campus style approach to reflect the different learning environments.
The site will incorporate a new home for Fife College’s Dunfermline Campus, its university hub and associated partner/enterprise space, all currently located at Halbeath.
The aim, following consultation, is that the site will also provide a new home for Woodmill High School and St Columba’s RC High School.
The estimated investment overall is between £150-£180m, with the Scottish Government to fund the college portion of the campus and up to 50% of the overall investment in the schools element.
We are only at the initial stages at the moment, but the aim is to have the new campus open and operational by the summer of 2024.
Accessibility will be an important consideration, with integrated transport options to be looked at as part of the planning process.
Fife Council and Fife College will explore the community requirements and opportunities available on this site which will complement the existing community use facilities in the area.
Both of these topics will be looked at through the planning application process.
This will involve surveys to establish the existing levels of ecology/biodiversity and mitigation proposed and implemented in order to protect all wildlife in this area.
We will begin a period of engagement with key stakeholders over the coming months, with formal public meetings likely to roll out early in 2021 (Covid restrictions dependent).
Fife College has already purchased part of the site from Shepherd Offshore, to replace the existing Fife College building on Halbeath Road, Dunfermline.
Fife Council continues to work towards finalising the Options Agreement to purchase the remaining land required for the campus, from Shepherd Offshore.