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WATCH: Senior pupils and the parent council at Charleston Academy in Inverness make heartfelt plea to see dilapidated classrooms replaced and improvements across outdoor areas at the school

By Ian Duncan

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Senior pupils and the parent council at an Inverness school have made a heartfelt plea for planning approval.

If granted it would see dilapidated classrooms replaced and improvements across outdoor areas at the school.

The parents council along with school staff and pupils at Charleston Academy, in Charleston View, have been working with Highland Council estates department to produce a phased plan for the improvements.

However, they have not yet secured enough funding to get the green light.

A parents council spokesman said: "Senior prefects have made a YouTube video that highlights the outdated and unuseable facilities in parts of the school including leaking roofs, cramped spaces, poor lighting and non-functioning equipment.

"It is hoped that the pupils’ efforts to capture the current status of the buildings and the impact it has upon learning, will stimulate support for the plans.

"The school and pupils would like to see a whole new block to house science, technical and art and an existing single storey demolished.

"This would allow the car park to be expanded as well as improving the outdoor areas for pupils to use, both at breaks and as part of learning such as Rural Skills.

"Phase 2 would see improvements to the rest of the school as well as community complex and primary school."

The plan, requiring approval at the next Highland Council meeting on December 9, would increase the approved budget for improvements at the school to enable the phased plan to go ahead.

The Parents Council have written to all parents of pupils at the school to ask for their support. The plans will only get the go ahead with the backing of local councillors.

Parents are encouraged to ask their local councillor to support the vote and secure the additional funding. Seven councillors represent families in the catchment area for Charleston Academy.

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