Broomlands Primary pupils first foot to new school

Broomlands Primary pupils first foot to new school

Pupils at Broomlands Primary have moved into their new £9.7million school for the first time today (Tuesday 9 January).

Pupils and staff were led from the old school to the new adjacent facility by primary seven pupil Mason Blackwood and Angus Hislop – a former pupil – who played the drums and pipes respectively, while pupils Ryan Ritchie and Leo Tait and teacher Alison Wilson, who all have birthdays on 10 January, cut the ribbon to officially mark its opening.

The school has been completed on time and replaces the former building which was opened in 1980.

Contractors McLaughlin and Harvey began work on the building in October 2016, with the completed school including 12 classrooms, an early years centre, games hall/dining room and upgraded playground.

During the construction of the school, a series of community benefits were achieved including six new jobs for local people, one modern apprenticeship and six activities with local schools, while McLaughlin and Harvey engaged with 14 local groups or projects.

The new Broomlands Primary is part of a series of school improvements being carried out by Scottish Borders Council, with new primaries at Langlee and Duns and a new Kelso High all opening within the last six months.

In addition, there are currently works taking place to create a new support centre for pupils with complex needs at Galashiels Academy and a new nursery at St Boswells Primary School, while the planning application for the new Jedburgh Intergenerational Community Campus was approved on Monday 8 January.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Children and Young People, said: “I am delighted that the new Broomlands Primary is now open.

“We have to thank pupils, staff, parents and the local community for their patience during the construction of the new school, as well as the project team and the contractor McLaughlin and Harvey for delivering the facility on time. It is a striking building providing modern facilities which will aid the pupils’ learning.

“The new Broomlands Primary is one of a number of new school facilities being progressed in the Scottish Borders, all of which will benefit our young people.”

Broomlands Headteacher Michelle Matthews added: “We are delighted to move into the new school, which is a wonderful facility that the children and staff have been looking forward to transferring to for some time.

“We are very grateful to Scottish Borders Council for investing in our school for the local community.”

Date of Publication: 9th January 2018