East Lothian Council

Helping to give children the best possible start in life

Published Wednesday 14th February 18

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A major package of investment in new, improved or expanded schools has been approved as part of East Lothian Council’s five-year capital budget.

Projects include:

  • Around £7.9 million for the extension of North Berwick High School
  • Around £8.8 million for the extension of Ross High School, Tranent
  • £34 million for an additional secondary school to serve the Musselburgh area
  • Around £500,000 for a facilities upgrade at the existing Musselburgh Grammar School
  • Around £8.8 million for the Letham Mains Primary School, Haddington
  • Around £8.6 million for the new Blindwells Primary School
  • Around £5.2 million for an extension at Whitecraig Primary School
  • Around £3.3 million for the extension of Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School and Early learning and Childcare Centre

Spending has been earmarked for extensions at Dunbar, East Linton, Aberlady, Gullane. Elphinstone, Prestonpans Infants and Pencaitland Primary Schools and Preston Lodge High School, Prestonpans.

There are also resources for ongoing extensions at Dunbar Grammar, Law Primary School and the construction of a new Wallyford Primary School, which are well underway.

There is £300,000 for additional space at the Meadowpark Communications Provision, Knox Academy, Haddington. In addition, the council’s revenue budget allocates £225,000 of revenue expenditure between 2019-21 associated with Meadowpark.

Shamin Akhtar, Cabinet Spokesperson for Education, said:

“I’m delighted that the council will be delivering such a significant investment in new, improved or expanded schools across East Lothian. This will benefit thousands of children, while helping us to meet demand for school paces in growing communities.

“Our schools have a hugely significant role to play in helping to give children the best possible start in life. A high-quality learning environment is key to this.”

The investment figures in the budget reflect the total five-year capital value of the projects and developer contributions are sought where appropriate towards development costs.

Councillor Akhtar added:

“I also welcome additional resources for the increase in pupil rolls in our schools and additional revenue for school extensions and new build, as well as for IT in our schools.

“I welcome the support for the most vulnerable children and young people in the county by investing additional resources of £444,000

into Children’s Well-being. This will help to address the many pressures this department faces.”

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