Work on Westruther School is on schedule

Work has now started on the new classroom at Westruther Primary School.
Work has now started on the new classroom at Westruther Primary School.

The work currently going on at Westruther Primary School is the inspiration for its nursery class embarking on their own ‘building project’.

Work started on the new classroom, entrance and toilet accommodation at the school in mid October and is on schedule to be completed by March 2015.

Designed by the council’s in-house architects’ team, the £370,000 building will also provide better teaching and dining facilities for the 50 nursery and primary pupils.

Construction work is being carried out by Borders contractor Murray & Burrell and the new classroom is scheduled to be weather tight by this week.

Headteacher Kay Livingston said: “The work appears to be going very well. The contractors have kept us fully informed of issues likely to affect the school.

“The nursery children are also using the on-site work as the basis for their own ‘building project’.”

A 2010 survey revealed a backlog of nearly £14 million of investment required in the region’s schools and this year the council included £16.5 million for school refurbishments and capacity projects, in their 10 year capital plan. Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC’s executive member for education, said: “Investing in small rural schools ensures equality of experience for rural communities.”