August opening for Dunbar’s new school

LtoR Martin Keys (Site Manager), Derek Borthwick & Peter MacKenzie''New Dunbar Primary School that is under construction.''Construction started in April 2010 and is on programme for start of teaching of the new term on 18 August 2011.''The project is for an 18-classroom / 522-pupil upper primary school with associated GP spaces, Library, Dining, Hall and sports playing fields.

LtoR Martin Keys (Site Manager), Derek Borthwick & Peter MacKenzie''New Dunbar Primary School that is under construction.''Construction started in April 2010 and is on programme for start of teaching of the new term on 18 August 2011.''The project is for an 18-classroom / 522-pupil upper primary school with associated GP spaces, Library, Dining, Hall and sports playing fields.

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Dunbar’s new £6.9 million upper primary school is on schedule to open for the new term on August 18 this year.

The building, in the Hallhill area, will accommodate 18 classrooms for 522 pupils in P4 to P7 as well as GP spaces, library, dining hall and sports playing fields.

Work began in April last year after the contract was awarded to McLaughlin and Harvey following a competitive tendering process in line with European rules.

New housing development and rising birth rates in the Dunbar area led to an increase in pupil numbers.

The existing primary school will continue to provide pre-school education and classes for P1 to P3.

The decision to have a lower and upper primary school was taken after consultation with parents, carers and community groups.

Councillor Peter MacKenzie, cabinet member with responsibility for education and children’s services, said: “As you can see, we are making excellent progress with the new school and I look forward to August when we will be able to open the new school to pupils.

“The school demonstrates the SNP/Liberal Democrat administration’s commitment to delivering high quality education in a high quality environment.”