Children from Haddington Infant School and King’s Meadow pupil councils have joined together to announce the name of their new school.

Haddington Primary School was chosen after the school community and public were invited to put forward their ideas during a 10 week consultation. The results were then voted on by children, parents and staff. Haddington Primary School was the preferred option and will be the name for the new combined school.

I know from speaking to staff and parents that they are eager to move forward to the new single school and the positive impacts that it will bring.

Haddington Primary School offers education from nursery age to primary 7 with a combined school roll of 771 across the two existing campuses at Tynebank Road and Neilson Park Road. The decision to close Haddington Infant and King’s Meadow Primary schools and establish a new school for Haddington and its catchment areas followed a statutory public consultation.

Head of Education Fiona Robertson said: “I know from speaking to staff and parents that they are eager to move forward to the new single school and the positive impacts that it will bring. Confirming the name will help everyone to prepare for the changes alongside new headteacher Willie French coming into post on 26th November. I’d also like to recognise the commitment of the staff team who have been capably led by Jacqui McKinnon throughout the process. We look forward to supporting all those involved with Haddington Primary School.”

Cabinet member for Education Councillor Shamin Akhtar met with the pupils to launch the new name. She said: “This is a great next step for the pupils and the whole school community. Moving to a single school will offer children a seamless transition from infant to upper stages, supported by a more cohesive curriculum and a single management structure. The proposals have been welcomed by the schools’ communities and we are looking forward to moving forward with the new name. I would especially like to thank Jacqui McKinnon for everything that she done for the school community in Haddington”

New signage will be erected at both sites and within the school buildings. A transition group, led by the headteacher and including the parent council, will consult with the wider school community on a logo and uniform arrangements. The priority will be to move to a new school identity without placing undue financial pressure on families.

Published: Wednesday, 21st November 2018