New school on site of old high school
A new primary school will be built on the former site of Newbattle High School in Easthouses.
Capacity for 420 pupils
Councillors agreed the recommendations, which will see a new two-stream school built with capacity for 420 primary pupils and 120 pre-school children. The school will also have an enhanced nurture provision to support pupils with social, emotional or behavioural needs.
More council housing means more school places
This decision has been taken in the context of Midlothian Council’s plans to build 1,200 houses across areas from Easthouses to Gorebridge which gives rise to a need for around 400 additional primary school places and 112 pre-school places.
150 homes to be built
Council had previously approved recommendations to build 220 affordable homes on the former Newbattle High School. Standing Orders were suspended to alter that decision. Now, as well as the new school, 150 homes will be built on the site.
Costs will be offset
The cost of building the new school in Easthouses will be offset by reducing the size of the planned primary school at Kippielaw, which will reduce from pupil capacity for 630 primary pupils to pupil capacity for 420 primary pupils.
Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Jim Muirhead said: “Masterplans to regenerate key areas in Easthouses, Mayfield, Newtongrange and Gorebridge and the council’s social house building programme have identified sites with capacity for around 1,200 additional houses.
“This decision updates our Learning Estate Strategy, which makes sure we have enough school places for future pupil numbers, to take account of the pupils who will come from these additional houses.
In council ownership
“As the former Newbattle High School site is in council ownership and has to date been a school site, a new school building can be delivered relatively quickly.”