New term, new schools....

Jo Wilson with Roslin pupils on first day

There was more than a skip in pupils’ steps when pupils from both Roslin and the new Paradykes rushed to get into their classrooms to enjoy their brand new primary schools.

The Loanhead Centre is also now open

As well as the two new primary schools, the new Loanhead Centre also threw open its doors to customers on Thursday 24 August.

The spaces are for the pupils and wider community

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Jim Muirhead said: “It’s wonderful to see both Roslin and the Loanhead Centre, including Paradykes Primary School, now open.

“These are well designed spaces to be enjoyed by our young people and the wider community. We hope as many people as possible will come along and find out what’s on offer at both buildings. Many thanks to everyone who helped with the building work and indeed the design.”

The Loanhead facility is a joint project

The first project to be developed in partnership with Scottish Futures Trust, Midlothian and NHS Lothian through the Integrated Joint Board, the new £15.4 million facility at Loanhead,  incorporates the primary school, after school/wrap around care, library, leisure centre, medical centre, early years’ provision and external work.

The site includes the existing leisure centre and part of King George’s Field.

Pupils were eager to get into the school

Among the first to arrive at Paradykes Primary School were Emma Laidlaw, P5, Jessica Kulaz, P7, Robert Macdonald, P7, Ryan Kulaz, P5 and Lacey Wilson, P5.

All agreed they were “so excited”.  “It’s pretty big, really nice, it’s got Astroturf and everything,” said Robert.

Paradykes can accommodate 489 pupils

The Paradykes replacement school has capacity for 489 pupils.

Roslin pupils love their new school

Elliot Valentine, Bryce Gray, Eilidh McLean, Ruby Wishart and Eva Young of Roslin’s P6 took time out to admire their new school with head teacher Jo Wilson on the opening day (pictured).

The pupils agreed the £6.8 million facility, which incorporates numerous ideas suggested by pupils and the wider community, was “fantastic”.

The school will also have a football pitch

The school will also eventually have a full size football pitch and all-weather, multi-use games area.

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


25 Aug 2017