New primary schools for Borders
After nearly three years of intensive preparation, work started at the end of July on the construction of new state of the art primary schools in Peebles and Lauder.
Pupils, staff, parents and members of the community gathered at Allanbank in Lauder and at Neidpath Grazings in Peebles on Monday 28 July to watch the first sod being cut at the sites.
Together, the new schools will provide almost 200 hundred extra pupil places with the capacity to expand in the future if required.
The Lauder school due to open in October 2009 will have ten classrooms. The bigger Kingsland School is scheduled to open a few months later.
Scottish Borders Council Leader, Councillor David Parker, said: “This is a historic step forward in meeting this administration’s ambitious action plan to invest more than £150 million in new and improved schools in the Borders. Our commitment to ensure a bright future for our communities, children and young people in the Scottish Borders will continue as we work to provide better schools and enable our rural schools to flourish. “
Executive Member for Education, Councillor Catriona Bhatia, added: “It was tremendous to be on site and watch the work begin. These new schools will bring wonderful facilities for pupils, staff and the local communities.
“The designs, developed with the help of headteachers, staff and pupils, have a real sense of place that is enhanced by their glorious settings. I am sure that they will provide inspirational learning environments for generations to come.”
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