New primary schools in Duns and Langlee have welcomed pupils for the first time on Wednesday 16 August.
The schools will provide modern facilities for both children and staff to learn and teach in, following the completion of both projects this summer.
The £10million Langlee school includes 14 classrooms, sports hall, outdoor MUGA sports pitch, a centre for children with severe and complex additional needs and provision for early learning and childcare.
The facility, built by contractors McLaughlin and Harvey, was opened by Council Leader Shona Haslam, and pupils Taylor Patterson (Langlee Lass), Danny Lindores (Langlee Lad), Corey Murray and Taylor Harkness, alongside Marion Romeril, the longest serving teacher at Langlee.
The new school replaces the old building, which has been in use since 1958 and is now being carefully demolished.
At Duns, birthday girl Abbie Armstrong and fellow pupil Harris Gibson opened the £8.6million facility alongside our Executive Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Carol Hamilton and headteacher Leanne Stewart.
The project has seen the school relocated into the former High School building, which will also be the new home of the Berwickshire Locality Support Centre.
It has been delivered alongside development partner Hub South East Scotland, with GRAHAM Construction contracted to build Duns Primary.
Duns Primary’s previous building was used to educate children in the town and surrounding area for almost 140 years.
Community benefits during construction of both schools
Both projects are part of the Scottish Government's Scotland’s Schools for Future programme and delivered significant community benefits.
- McLaughlin and Harvey creating 16 new jobs for local people, providing work experience to two unemployed people and two students from Borders College and engaging with almost 300 pupils and students.
- GRAHAM created eight new jobs and supported four new and existing apprenticeships during the Duns Primary project, as well supporting a work placement event for 31 pupils from Berwickshire High.
Executive Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Carol Hamilton
“It is fantastic to see both of these 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.”
Michael Kieran, Construction Director at McLaughlin & Harvey Limited
“The finished Langlee Primary building is a credit to the hard work, co-operation and vision of all those involved in the design and build process.
“We would like to thank the staff and pupils for their patience to date and wish them every success in their new school.”
Craig Bridges, Regional Development Director at GRAHAM Construction
“Our team completed this project to schedule for the new school term commencing.
“We have a wealth of experience in delivering education projects and we’re extremely pleased to see the new Duns Primary open its doors.”
Roddy Clark, Development Manager with Hub South East Scotland
“We’re delighted to hand over another successful project in partnership with Scottish Borders Council and hope the pupils and staff of Duns Primary enjoy their new school.”
Gemma Boggs, Schools Programme Director at the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT)
“I am delighted to see two more schools within the SFT-managed Scotland's Schools for the Future open.
“Duns and Langlee are inspiring building from which pupils and teachers alike will benefit from a first class learning environment.”
Images and video
Images of both openings are available at our Flickr page.
Drone footage of the new Langlee Primary School is available at our YouTube channel.