East Lothian Council has announced a new date for the establishment of a new, additional secondary school in the Wallyford area.
At the full council meeting of East Lothian Council held in December 2016, approval was given for the establishment of a new additional secondary school in the Wallyford area from 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter, to provide additional secondary provision within the Musselburgh cluster area. As stated within the Statutory Consultation Report, the timescales of the construction of the school facility should continue to be closely monitored and the council made a commitment to provide parents and the public one year’s notice of the new school’s opening date to assist them with preparing for the transition.
Fiona Robertson, Head of Education, said:
“The council remains committed to delivering the new additional secondary school in the Wallyford area to meet the needs of local pupils, parents and the wider community, but due to a number of factors out with the council’s control, the new additional secondary school is now planned to open in August 2022. The council seeks to provide all young people with high quality learning experiences, at all of our schools across East Lothian. This revised opening date reflects the pace of housing development in the area, and will ensure that the first group of young people transitioning to the new school are provided with a broad and balanced learning experience that meets their learning, social and emotional needs well.
“We have written to all staff and families concerned to let them know, in line with our commitment to provide pupils, staff and parents with updates or amendments to the proposed timescale. This change in timescale does not require us to conduct another Statutory Consultation, and all feedback received during the Consultation period remains valid. However, this change in date does mean that a different group of pupils will now be the first students to attend the new school.”
Officers from the council’s Education Service are holding a series of meetings to engage with parents directly affected by the change in the proposed completion date. A meeting with members of the Parent Councils of Musselburgh Grammar School, and Pinkie St Peters and Wallyford Primary Schools, will be held at Musselburgh Grammar School on Monday 11 December at 6.30pm.