An expected increase in pupils numbers at Chirnside Primary School in future years means that additional accommodation is going to be needed.
This week plans were submitted to Scottish Borders Council’s planning department by the council’s education and lifelong learning deparment for an extension at the back of the school.
The current building can hold 175 pupils but the council estimates a steady increase in pupil numbers in coming years - the estimated peak is in the region of 250 pupils.
A single classroom extension and minor alterations to an existing classroom has been proposed between the southernmost wing and the canteen, making use of ‘dead space’ between the toilet block and the hall corridor.
An existing classroom, opposite the new extension, will be reduced slightly by the creation of a new corridor to allow separate access to this room and also to the main school reception that was formed some years ago. This modification will utilise the existing classroom entrance and will involve the construction of a lightweight partition that can be removed at a later stage if required.
The original 1937 building was designed by Reid & Forbes Architects and is considered to be one of the best examples of 1930s architecture in the Borders. Its status as such limits the options for extending the school which is why the additional classroom is being proposed at the back of the school
In the planning application submitted this week it states: “The building’s quality was recognised in the initial appraisal for this project when it was concluded that it would be inappropriate to consider any extension to the front elevations.”