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Views sought on Borders schools

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Parents, carers, staff, pupils and community groups are being asked to share their views on schools in the Scottish Borders.

An online questionnaire is available on Scottish Borders Council's website from today until April 11.

Information sessions are also being held at local high schools over the coming weeks.

The information gathered will be used by council officers to review the current school estate.

"This is not a programme about closure, about anything at all in that regard. What we're talking about is looking at what the estate is like, what the estate is going to be like going forward."

– Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC's executive member for education

Feedback for schools in Scottish Borders

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Parents, pupils, teachers and community groups are being asked to share their views on schools in the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Borders Council will use the information to help shape the future of how education is provided in the region. They are looking for opinions on the state of buildings, classrooms and other educational facilities

So what we really need to do is look and see where we are and do a complete audit if you like of the estates, of the schools, of the catchment areas, looking at demographics, looking at all the costs involved in our education programme because obviously we need to do that, we have to be able to show that we spend the money that we get efficiently."

– Cllr Sandy Aitchison, Scottish Borders Council's Executive Member for Education


Newman School to move to temporary new site

Newman School when it was flooded

Students from Newman Catholic School in Carlisle will temporarily move to the old Penine Way Primary School.

Following the recent floods, temporary classrooms will be installed on site, with an initial introduction of 12 portakabin units.

The accommodation will be ready for Newman School students to move into at the start of the Spring Term on January 4th.

There will then be a further installation of 24 classroom units (general and specialist teaching spaces) on the grassed area to the south east side of the site.

These will cover an area roughly the size of a football pitch.

“We’ve worked closely with Newman school on this and pulled out all the stops to get such a significant and large scale temporary solution in place so fast.

"This means that pupils can get back into normal education within four weeks of their school being put out of action by Carlisle’s devastating flooding. I’m proud we’ve managed to pull this off, ensuring every child gets a great education is a top priority.”

– Cllr Clare Feeney-Johnson, Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, Cumbria County Council

Vandals target Earlston Primary School

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after vandals caused damage to Earlston Primary School.

A section of the outside wall was spray-painted with graffiti, during the incident which took place between 10pm on Wednesday 27th October and 8.30am on Thursday 28th October.

“Such incidents of vandalism are extremely disappointing and can have an adverse affect on the local community.

“I would ask anyone who was in the area of the school and who noticed any suspicious activity around the time of this incident to come forward to police.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or, alternatively information can be passed anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111."

– Constable David Ross, Duns Police Station


Holiday makeover for Borders schools

Work is underway to improve several Borders schools. Credit: PA

Improvements to schools in the Scottish Borders are taking place throughout the summer holidays.

The projects - including security improvements and toilet refurbishments - are being led by an in-house team of architects at Scottish Borders Council, and will be carried out by local contractors.

It's hoped some of the work will be finished in time for the start of the new term, and that even if that isn't the case, the most disruptive work will take place while the children are away.

Work is currently taking place at:

  • Burnfoot Community School, Hawick – completion of nursery kitchen contract, accessibility improvements and internal courtyard redevelopment
  • Chirnside Primary – new and refurbished toilets
  • Cockburnspath Primary – provision of Early Years facilities
  • Coldstream Primary - provision of Early Years facilities
  • Eyemouth Primary – provision of Early Years facilities
  • Philiphaugh Community School, Selkirk - provision of Early Years facilities
  • Selkirk High – alterations to PE changing accommodation for new 2G pitch users
  • Stow Primary – perimeter security improvements related to the Borders Railway

Our architects team has put in a lot of effort and has communicated with its clients to ensure they are in a position to deliver these projects over the summer period.

They should be proud of their efforts which will improve facilities at eight Borders schools for a number of years ahead.

The public should also be aware of these works taking place and make sure they stay away from any of the construction sites.”

– Councillor Gordon Edgar, Scottish Borders Council
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