East Lothian Council

New havens for learning at Dunbar Primary School

Published Wednesday 28th June 17

Children at Dunbar Primary enjoy one of their new huts

Children at East Lothian’s largest school can now work, read and play outside, whatever the weather, after two new shelters were built in the school’s grounds.

Dunbar Primary School successfully bid for a National Lottery grant to help fund the two wooden havens. They have been built to offer pupils somewhere quieter to sit during break-times and will provide alternative classrooms where lessons can take place in the open air. Pupils have been discovering the hexagonal shelters, which have benches around the inside walls, after construction finished last week. Dunbar Primary School has two campuses and a shelter has been built on each site.

Helen Gillanders, Head Teacher at Dunbar Primary School, said:

"We are absolutely delighted with our new outdoor spaces, which will provide a space for outdoor learning, quiet reading and lots of different curriculum activities, and will also be used by parents and the wider community. Our fantastic parents fundraised to support this project and together with the grant, it has finally arrived.”

The idea arose from consultations with pupils, and the plan was also backed by staff and a range of community groups who will be able to make use of them including Brownie packs and a pupils’ running club. The school welcomes approaches from other organisations in the area who are interested in making use of the hubs.

The shelters cost a total of £11,450. Of this, £10,000 came from the National Lottery’s Awards 4 All scheme which supports projects to help improve local communities. Funding from BeGreen energy advice centre in Dunbar was also important in helping meet the remainder of the costs. The shelters were supplied and installed by Schoolscapes.

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