Government to help fund two new primaries

Councillor Sandy Aitchison
Councillor Sandy Aitchison

The Scottish Government has confirmed it will provide funding towards new primary schools to replace Broomlands in Kelso and Langlee.

The cash was announced by Learning Minister Dr Alasdair Allan last week, after a further £330m was committed to the Schools for the Future programme by Finance Secretary John Swinney in his budget.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC’s executive member for education, said: “This is excellent news for the Borders, and for Kelso and Galashiels in particular.

“Our children and teachers deserve the best environment for teaching and learning that we can provide, and this financial backing will certainly help that.

“Obviously, accelerating these programmes will also bring our other schemes further up the queue so that, I hope, other communities will benefit sooner than we previously thought or programmed.”

Dr Allan said: “The Scottish Government places a huge emphasis on high quality learning and is committed to delivering high quality, well designed, sustainable schools through the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme. The additional funding is testament to this aim.

“We originally aimed to build or refurbish 55 schools and we have already exceeded this by funding 67 projects. This extra funding will now allow us to almost double our original target.”