More than £6 million for schools' extensions
Councillors have approved budgets in excess of £6 million to extend Cuiken Primary School and extend and refurbish Sacred Heart Primary, both in Penicuik.
Cuiken will be two streams
The agreed budget of £2,094,000 for Cuiken will be spent on adding six primary classes. This will bring the school up to two streams with 15 classes.
More nursery places
A budget of £4,084,000 for Sacred Heart will be used to increase the pre-school nursery capacity from 20 places to 64 places. This is to accommodate the government’s requirements that all three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds will be entitled to up to 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare by August 2020.
Sacred Heart refurbished
A partial refurbishment and extension will also allow the school to accommodate 210 primary age pupils, up from the current capacity of 125 places.
The extra capacity at both schools is needed by August 2019.
More about funding
The projects will be funded by a combination of developer contributions, Early Years government grant funding and council borrowing.
Work is expected to start on both projects later this year.