East Lothian Council

Construction work begins on new Wallyford Primary School

Published Wednesday 11th October 17

John Swinney, Shamin Akhtar, and pupils from Wallyford Primary Schoool

Pupils from Wallyford Primary School were joined by Deputy First Minister John Swinney at a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction work on their new school.

The new project, part of the new St Clements Wells mixed tenure housing development on the outskirts of the village, has an overall budget of £18.9m. The council is pleased to have secured a grant of £4.5m from the Scottish Government’s £1.8bn Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme, which is managed by the Scottish Futures Trust.

Mr Swinney, who is Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, attended the ceremony with officials from East Lothian Council, Hub South East, Morrisons Construction and Scottish Futures Trust.

The new school, which will replace the existing school building at Salters Road, will initially provide 28 classrooms, as well as 120 pre-school places. The new school includes resources for wider use by the community and has been designed to provide access to the library, sports and other non- teaching facilities. A further phase to be developed later could see the expansion of the school for an eventual primary and pre-school roll of more than 1,300, one of the biggest primary schools in the county.

Hub South East, East Lothian Council’s Development Partner, is delivering the project and has appointed Morrison Construction as the contractor. The new school should be complete early in 2019.

Mr Swinney said:

“At the outset of our Schools for the Future programme in 2009, we originally aimed to build or refurbish 55 schools across Scotland – we have now more than doubled that commitment and it is great to see work getting underway on increasing numbers of these projects, including Wallyford Primary School which will be a fantastic addition to the local community. This is part of our aim to provide our children and young people with inspiring environments which enable all of them to engage with their learning and I look forward to seeing this project when it is completed.”

Councillor Shamin Akhtar, Cabinet Spokesperson for Education and Children’s Services, said:

“The project, which has an overall budget of £18.9m, will be an excellent addition to the Wallyford community. We are also pleased to have secured a grant of £4.5m from Scottish Government’s Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme, which is managed by the Scottish Futures Trust. It will meet the learning and teaching needs of generations of early years and primary-aged children well into the future. I’m really looking forward to watching the progress of the project and to seeing the school welcome pupils. This project is part of a wider investment by the council in almost £100 million of new or expanded schools throughout East Lothian over three years.”

Fiona Robertson, Head of Education at East Lothian Council, said:

“We are delighted that work on the new school in Wallyford has now started. The results of the consultation that was undertaken in 2016 showed that parents and carers were overwhelmingly supportive of the proposal to relocate the school to a new site. A new school and facilities will not only provide the best learning environment possible for local children, but it will also benefit the local community.”

Gemma Boggs, Education Delivery Director at the Scottish Futures Trust, said: 

“Well-designed buildings, fit for the whole community to use, have the power to transform lives. Through our Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme, new schools such as this one in Wallyford, are doing just that – creating environments which provide pupils and community alike with much-improved spaces for them to learn, visit and connect.”

Paul McGirk, Hub South East’s Chief Executive, said:

It’s exciting to reach the key milestone of construction – making the plans for a new Wallyford Primary School a reality. This is a significant investment in education for our partner, East Lothian Council, and we look forward to working together to ensure that staff will have a new modern, fit-for-purpose learning environment, whilst local residents will be able to enjoy new community facilities such as a games hall and library.”

Billy Gray, Morrison Construction Framework Director, said:

“It’s fantastic news for all concerned that we are at this point now of starting on site at Wallyford Primary School. Morrison Construction has a strong track record in education projects and we hope to bring all that experience to bear in ensuring that the children of Wallyford receive a school building to be proud of, while the wider community will be able to enjoy enhanced public facilities. During construction we will continue to engage with stakeholders from the community, creating opportunities in education and employment, and ensuring the positive local impact of this development into the future."

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