New school works continue across Borders
Multi-million pound investment programme is creating first-class educational and community facilities
Work on fantastic new schools for pupils across the Scottish Borders is continuing at quite a pace.
In early October, the sod cutting took place at the site for the new Broomlands Primary School in Kelso, with the youngest and oldest pupils, Sophia Bernie, 3, and Brodie Lawson, 11, marking the start of work on this £9.7 million project.
The school is being built by McLaughlin and Harvey and is expected to open in 2018, with 12 classrooms, an early years centre, games hall/dining room and upgraded playground.
The company is also working with the Council on the construction of the new Langlee Primary School in Galashiels. Work started on site there in May and is progressing well. It is expected to open in summer 2017.
The new £10m facility will be a three-storey school with 14 classrooms, a centre for children with severe and complex additional support needs, provision for early learning and childcare, a sports hall and outdoor multi-use pitch.
The construction of the new £22.5m Kelso High School is also moving along on schedule after work started in March.
It should be completed by autumn 2017 and will accommodate 780 pupils, with a wide range of modern facilities for students and the community.
Work on the new Duns Primary School is also progressing well, and is heading for completion in spring 2017.
Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC’s Executive Member for Education, said: “Every day that goes by, we see work at these new schools moving forward and I very much look forward to when they are open, providing wonderful new, modern facilities for our young people and communities.”
The construction of a new additional support needs school in Earlston is also nearing completion, with a scheduled opening date of January 2017.
The purpose-built facility will provide a first-class learning environment for children with complex and profound needs from across the Borders.
It will be staffed by a team who will specialise in meeting the learning needs of children and young people with complex needs.
During both the summer and October breaks, improvement work was carried out on a number of schools.
This included Wilton Primary in Hawick and Knowepark Primary in Selkirk, where improvements were made to nursery and primary 1 accommodation.
Councillor Aitchison added: “A range of improvement works have been carried out at a number of schools and the feedback from headteachers has been fantastic.
“The work, much of it involving our own staff, ranging from architects to school janitorial staff, contributes greatly to improving the learning environment for pupils.”