Schools benefit from £4m summer works

refurbished school building

Published: Wednesday, 29th August 2018

Pupils, staff and communities will benefit from improvements totaling over £4million to a series of schools across the Scottish Borders this summer.

A total of 15 schools have seen a variety of works completed, which will benefit young people across the curriculum, with more to follow as part of an ongoing review of the school estate.

New complex needs facilities

Amongst the largest projects was £1million spend on a new support centre for children with complex needs at Galashiels Academy, alongside additional improved facilities in the school.

The new complex needs facility is located adjacent to the dining and PE areas to enable increased access for the pupils to wider school activities. The centre also has its own dedicated entrance to accommodate varied access times if required.

Facilities for the complex needs centre include:

  • teaching rooms
  • a life skills area
  • sensory room
  • therapy space
  • external play
  • social spaces

Other improvements include:

  • new reception
  • link corridor
  • social space
  • pupil toilets
  • medical room
  • additional teaching space

Early Years Centres

More than £1million has been spent on four early years centres to help meet the Scottish Government’s initiative to increase provision of free early learning and childcare provision.

Improvements to early years centres include:

  • New nursery at St Boswells Primary
  • New nursery at St Margaret’s Primary 
  • Refurbished Chirnside Primary School
  • Refurbished Burgh Primary School

High Schools

Hawick High School has undergone £500,000 worth of major works this summer, including:

  • two improved home economics rooms
  • new-look teaching spaces for complex needs and pupil support
  • extensive improvements to the school library

Progress continues to be made at the new Jedburgh Intergenerational Community Campus as enabling works currently take place, with an update due to be presented to the Executive Committee on Tuesday 4 September.

The remaining works have ranged from new kitchen facilities to better social and study areas in high schools and secure receptions in primary schools.

Ongoing improvements

The ongoing upgrades and refurbishments continue with:

  • expansion to the nursery facilities at St Ronan’s and Stirches primaries
  • creation of additional classrooms and a new nursery space at Priorsford Primary
  • new secure receptions at Reston and Burgh primaries

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

“The Council is continually reviewing its school estate to ensure it is fit for purpose for our young people, staff and local communities.

“I am delighted to see so much progress take place this summer, with a wide range of new facilities and refurbishments being completed to benefit children across the Borders in all aspects of the curriculum.

“A number of Council departments including Education, Architects, Property and Catering have worked together to ensure these projects meet the needs of our young people, and enhance the environment they learn in.

“I look forward to seeing other facilities being improved and created in the coming months and years.”

Further Information

Images are available on our Flickr page.

The update report on Jedburgh Intergenerational Community Campus which will be discussed by the Executive Committee on Tuesday 4 September is available.

New Build

  • Galashiels Academy - Support centre for children with complex needs and additional improved facilities (£1million)

Early Years Centres

  • St Margaret’s, Galashiels – new centre (£275,000)
  • St Boswells – new centre (£600,000)
  • Burgh, Galashiels – refurbishment and expansion to increase capacity from January (£250,000)
  • Chirnside - refurbishment and expansion to increase capacity from January (£100,000)

School refurbishments

  • St Margaret’s, Galashiels – general improvements (£30,000)
  • Chirnside – general improvements (£100,000)
  • Hawick High - two improved home economics rooms, new-look teaching spaces for complex needs and pupil support and extensive improvements to the school library (£500,000)
  • Burnfoot - Refurbishment of rooms to allow delivery of adapted and enhanced curriculum for specific groups of learners. First phase of a programme of works which has seen revamp of entrance and whole school refurbished over the coming 18 months (£200,000)

Upgrade works

  • Upgrades to Knowepark, St Ronan’s, Edenside, Eyemouth, Halyrude, Eddleston primaries and Galashiels Academy (total of £750,000)

Development works

  • Selkirk and Earlston High – creation of social and study areas (part of £500,000 programme across all high schools)

Kitchen upgrades

  • Chirnside and Burnfoot – new school kitchens (£100,000 each)