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December 11 2008

Portobello High School has been earmarked to receive priority funding from a shortlist of five Edinburgh schools, after being identified as being in greatest need. 

The money would be used to finance an entirely new building valued at £41.5m, envisaged to open by 2013/14. 

This work constitutes the first phase of the Wave 3 programme which could end up costing Edinburgh City Council some £162m - £182m and is intended to alleviate chronic dilapidation in the properties which are in parlous physical condition.  

Such is the decline in environment that each school has already been deemed “not fit for purpose”, despite the programme being scheduled to take at least 14 years to deliver.

The rogue’s gallery of crumbling school stock is completed by, in descending order of decay: James Gillespie’s High, Boroughmuir High, St John’s primary and St Crispin’s.

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