The proposal to establish a new primary school for Haddington was approved this week by councillors at a meeting of East Lothian Council.

The decision to close Haddington Infant School and King’s Meadow Primary Schools and establish a new primary school covering Nursery to P7, operating from the existing school sites, for Haddington and its associated catchment areas follows a statutory public consultation. The change – which is subject to the conclusion of the Scottish Ministerial call-in period – is expected to take place from August 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

A report on the consultation revealed that, of 147 responses received, most were either supportive or expressed no opinion.

Education Scotland reported that there were clear educational benefits to the proposal, including:

  • The opportunity to improve learning and teaching and further raise attainment
  • The establishment of a single staff team working together should bring greater curricular coherence
  • Children will benefit from improved progression planning to better meet their needs, and improved transition from infant to upper stages

Education Scotland also recommended that East Lothian Council continues to engage and work with all stakeholders to address any concerns raised.

Shamin Akhtar, cabinet spokesperson for Education and Children’s Services, said:

“It’s clear that the establishment of one new primary school under a shared management structure offers the best solution to developing a stronger and more cohesive curriculum." Cllr Shamin Akhtar, Cabinet Spokesperson for Education and Children's Services

“I want to thank everybody who has been involved in this consultation, including those who have worked on the consultation itself, and those who took the time to share their views with us.

“It’s clear that the establishment of one new primary school under a shared management structure offers the best solution to developing a stronger and more cohesive curriculum. It also offers pupils better continuity by removing the additional transition stage when moving from P3 to P4 that they currently have.”

Fiona Robertson, Head of Education, said:

“One of the key outcomes set out in our Education Service Local Improvement Plan is to ensure consistency in our approaches to planning learning, teaching and assessment. We know that consistency is vital for learner progression, effective and seamless transition, and raising attainment for all. Pupil wellbeing is also better supported where approaches are consistent across one school team.

“We will write to staff and parents in due course, advising them of the proposed changes and affirming our commitment to work with and engage everyone in the school community in this period of transition.”

Published: Wednesday, 25th April 2018