Work now under way on new £9.7m primary school at Kelso

Work getting under way on the new Broomlands Primary School at Kelso.

Work getting under way on the new Broomlands Primary School at Kelso.

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Work is now under way on a new primary school in Kelso costing almost £10m.

The replacement for the current Broomlands Primary School, in use since 1980, is expected to be ready the year after next.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Brodie Lawson and Sophia Bernie cut the first sods for the new Broomlands Primary School.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Brodie Lawson and Sophia Bernie cut the first sods for the new Broomlands Primary School.

The youngest and oldest pupils at the Ednam Road primary – Sophia Bernie, three, and Brodie Lawson, 11 – helped get the £9.7m project under way on Monday by cutting the first sods of earth for the building team now at work on the site.

It is being built for Scottish Borders Council by Northern Irish firm McLaughlin and Harvey.

The new school, like the current one, will cater for around 250 pupils.

It will have new 12 classrooms, an early-years centre, a games hall-cum-dining room and an upgraded playground.

Galashiels councillor Sandy Aitchison, the authority’s executive member for education, said: “The current Broomlands building has served generations of pupils since it opened in 1980.

“After 36 years, it is time for a modern school building to take its place, and I know pupils, parents and staff will be looking forward to moving in once work is completed.”

McLaughlin and Harvey, based near Belfast, is currently working with the council on the construction of the new £10m Langlee Primary School in Galashiels, and it too is due to open in 2018.

A memorial bench was also unveiled at Broomlands Primary this week in memory of Bev Scott, a home school link worker who died in 2014.