Scottish Government announces investment in new high School for Midlothian
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today (Monday 9 September) that the government has agreed to invest in a project to provide a replacement for Beeslack Community High School.
Centre of Excellence
Working in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh, the council is planning the new school as a Centre of Excellence for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning.
The Deputy First Minister John Swinney said ‘We are committed to making even more progress and I have seen myself the urgency with which some schools require updating. The first phase of the £1 billion Learning Estate Investment Programme prioritises schools in need of updating or where there are significant capacity issues, as identified by local authorities, to ensure rapid progress where most required."
State-of the art learning
Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Jim Muirhead said: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has approved the funding for this hugely exciting new partnership project with the University of Edinburgh, which will provide a state-of the art learning campus. Midlothian Council is in the first phase of distribution of the funding and is one of 11 Councils to receive this news today.
“Our existing Digital Centre of Excellence at Newbattle High School has already been widely praised for its innovation and we will be able to successfully build on that experience in delivering this new Centre of Excellence for STEM learning.
Boost to the economy
“This is great news for Midlothian, with the location of the new campus and the quality of learning it will provide, helping meet the educational and training needs of our growing communities, and boosting our local economy.”