Pupils and parents get preview of Roslin Primary

Pupils and parent council gets preview of new school

P5 pupils Eva Longwe, Grace Muir and Ruaridh Johnston joined the parent council recently for a sneak preview of their new school, Roslin Primary.

The £6.8m facility includes many community ideas

The children and adults were suitably impressed with the £6.8 million facility, which incorporates numerous ideas suggested by pupils and the wider community.

The pupils liked a giant map and a three-tiered seating area

Eva, Grace and Ruaridh were particularly pleased with a giant map in the dining area showing places of interest around Midlothian. “We helped with the big map,” said Eva while Grace said her favourite new feature was a huge, three-tiered seating area. “It’s big and comfy and you can climb all over it,” she said.

The school will open to pupils on 24 August

The school, which will open to pupils on 24 August, will also eventually have a full size football pitch and all-weather, multi-use games area.

The parents too were impressed

The chair of Roslin Primary Parent Council, Stuart Clark was on the guided tour. Stuart, whose children Hannah and Nathan are in P2 and P3 respectively, said: “I’ve seen the outside so this is the first chance to have a look inside. I’m very impressed, there are lots of new spaces and areas for different activities like woodwork and cooking. My children saw it last week and they were just loving it.”

The school can accommodate 267 pupils

Roslin, which is being built by McLaughlan & Harvey can accommodate 267 primary pupils and is being funded through the Schools for Future programme.

Local people have been fully consulted

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Jim Muirhead said: “It’s fantastic to see these facilities completed. Local people have been fully consulted along the way and the terrific design reflects their imaginative input.

The facilities will be servicing communities for decades to come

“These first-class facilities will be serving the needs of local people for many years to come. We’re looking forward to the official opening after the summer.”

It's going to be a fantastic learning environment

Head teacher Jo Wilson said: "I have been involved in the new school project for the last 2 years and have worked very closely with Maurice McCann, the council's project manager and John Campbell.  I have led  the staff, pupils and parent council with all  the decision making for the new school.  It is going to be a fantastic learning environment for the children and we are excited to move in at the start of the new term."

The first picture shows the parent council and the pupils with head teacher Jo Wilson.

25 Jun 2017