Individual school plans to be developed for secondary school estate review

Two senior school pupils sit in front of a table

Published: Thursday, 26th April 2018

It has been agreed to develop individualised strategic plans for each of the four secondary schools in the communities of Galashiels, Hawick, Peebles and Selkirk.

Approval to review the estate of the four high schools was given by Council on 7 November 2017. Since then, a detailed assessment has been undertaken looking at:

  • the suitability, condition and capacity of the individual schools
  • the readiness and opportunities within their associated communities to deliver an exciting vision as part of the Schools for the Future programme.

Community engagement process held

An engagement process was carried out in the four school clusters with:

  • pupils
  • staff
  • parents
  • parent councils
  • the community

Events were held in each high school which gave people the opportunity to:

  • view the condition surveys and other information
  • share their ideas about the future vision for learning provision their area.

A feedback form was also available from 6 March to 16 April 2018 to give people the opportunity to provide additional input.

Individual strategies for each school to be developed

Following analysis of the data received, it was agreed that the most effective way to proceed would be to create individual plans that will enable bespoke strategies to be created for each school. These would be in line with:

  • the principles of the overall School Estate Review
  • the pillars of the Christie Commission.

The plans will also contribute significantly to the vision and priorities set out in the Council Administration’s Connected Borders strategic plan which include:

  • improved opportunities for learning
  • improved business links and skills development regarding developing the young workforce
  • providing opportunities for intergenerational learning
  • providing a place where communities can come together to support families.

They will also progress a number of improvements to be carried out at the schools as part of the Council’s capital programme.

A progress report will be brought back to the Executive Committee in October 2018.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

"We would like to thank everyone from these four communities who contributed to the consultation process. There was significant engagement from each and it was invaluable to have input at a local level to help us as we move to the next steps in the process.

“Overall, our ambition is that each of these four schools will be replaced within the next 10-15 years so that all our secondary school provision is graded highly for condition, suitability and can provide the quality learning opportunities and experiences that will enable our children and young people to achieve their potential.

“Creation of the individualised strategic plans will enable us to develop the bespoke solutions that are required for each of these four schools and help us to maximise the funding opportunities potentially available to us through the Scottish Government’s investment programme.

“While these are being developed, I am pleased to note that improvement work will be carried out at the schools, with priority being given to the PE department at Galashiels, the overall condition and use of space at Hawick High, the creation of improved social spaces at Selkirk and accessibility at Peebles.”

More information

The report is available online