A new primary school for Haddington has been given the formal go-ahead after Scottish Ministers decided that they will not call in the proposal.

The proposal to establish a new primary school for Haddington was approved on 24 April by councillors at a meeting of East Lothian Council.

The proposal 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 followed a statutory public consultation.

As stated within the council’s proposal, the decision to close both schools and establish a new school required to be ratified by Scottish Ministers. The decision made this week by the Scottish Government not to call in the proposal means that the council’s Education Service can proceed with its proposal to establish a new primary school for the Haddington area.

Fiona Robertson, Head of Education, said:

“We believe that the decision to establish one new primary school, operating under a single management structure, offers the best solution to not only developing a stronger and more cohesive curriculum, but that local children will benefit from improved progression planning and transition as they progress from infant to upper stages.

“Our Education Service will work closely with our current Head Teacher Mrs McGillivray, and the Chairs of both Parent Councils, to recruit a Head Teacher for the newly established school. Education Officers will also work closely with staff, parents and pupils in both schools to progress the establishment of a new primary school. 

“Mrs McGillivray has indicated that she will not be applying for this new post and will therefore be transferring as Head Teacher to another school within East Lothian Council from the start of the new school session in August. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs McGillivray for her service and leadership of Kings Meadow Primary School and more recently Haddington Infant School.

“We have written to staff and parents to advise them of this decision. We are committed to working with and engaging everyone in the school community in this period of transition.”

Published: Tuesday, 5th June 2018