Council agrees £500,000 to equip Centre For Excellence

Newbattle Community Campus

Midlothian Council is to invest around £500,000 equipping its first Centre of Excellence at the replacement for Newbattle High School.

Students from Midlothian will learn digital skills

The school, which will move to a new site in spring of 2018, will offer students from across Midlothian the chance to gain digital industry skills in everything from film and video production to programming and coding.

The centre will bring benefits for decades

 Midlothian’s cabinet member for education, Councillor Jim Muirhead said: “This is an exciting opportunity which is going to reap dividends for our communities for decades to come.

 “If we want the facility to be a true centre of excellence, we need to make sure the digital assets are of the highest quality to equip our students with the best skills and knowledge possible for future careers in the digital industries.”

The full council approved the funding

At the full council meeting on Tuesday, councillors approved £457,000 for digital assets and a further £38,000 for additional revenue and borrowing costs.

A bid for funding for Newbattle Centre for Excellence part of City Deal submission

Councillors noted the ongoing work in developing key partnerships with the University of Edinburgh and commercial partners from digital industries. A bid for funding of £1.3m for the Newbattle Centre of Excellence has been made as part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region City Deal submission.  A further report on the Centres of Excellence will come before the council when the outcome on the City Deal is likely to be known later in the summer.

30 Jun 2017