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Two new primary schools open in the Borders

Both schools in Duns and Langlee are part of Scotland's Schools for Future programme Photo: Langlee Primary School

Two new primary schools in the Borders have welcomed pupils for the first time today, Wednesday 16 August.

Both schools in Duns and Langlee are part of Scotland's Schools for Future programme, totalling almost £19million.

The £10million Langlee school includes 14 classrooms, a sports hall, an outdoor sports pitch, facilities for children with complex needs and for early learning and childcare.

It was opened by Scottish Borders Council’s Leader, Councillor Shona Haslam, and pupils Taylor Patterson, Danny Lindores, Corey Murray and Taylor Harkness, with Marion Romeril - the longest serving teacher at Langlee.

The new school replaces the old building that has been in use since 1958 and is now being demolished.

Pupils Abbie Armstrong and Harris Gordon opened the Duns £8.6million project with SBC’s Executive Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Carol Hamilton and headteacher Leanne Stewart.

The project has seen the school move into the former High School building, which will also be the new home of the Berwickshire Locality Support Centre.

The old Duns Primary’s building was in use for almost 140 years.

Scottish Borders Council’ says it is fantastic to see both schools open:

Langlee Primary has been an integral part of the local community for nearly 60 years and holds many fond memories for local people.

However, we are sure the new school building with be a tremendous asset for generations of children, as well as the Langlee and Galashiels communities.

For pupils and staff at Duns Primary, it really is a historic day, ending 137 years of the primary school being located in the current building on Langtongate.

However, I know everyone has been looking forward to the move to the new campus, which will also include the Berwickshire Locality Support Centre.

We now look forward to Kelso High and Broomlands Primary opening their doors, while we continue to progress plans for a new intergenerational campus in Jedburgh.”

– Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People