Funding for major projects at Penicuik High and Mayfield School Campus

Midlothian Council has successfully applied for Scottish Government funding to build a new Mayfield School Campus and refurbish and extend Penicuik High School.

£71 million investment in our schools

The projects represent investment of over £71 million in our school estate. The council will fund the full amounts initially and then, subject to the council meeting specific funding requirements, the Scottish Government will contribute approximately £25 million toward these costs, spread over 25 years.  

The projects are among 25 new education initiatives benefitting from £800 million of Scottish Government money.


Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Jim Muirhead congratulated everyone involved in the successful bids.

Good news for the Mayfield community

He said: “We are delighted that the Mayfield community will benefit from this investment and improve the quality of the learning environments across the campus.

New opportunities for learning

“As for Penicuik High, refurbishing and extending the building will provide new state-of-the- art facilities that will broaden the curriculum and open up more innovative and diverse pathways for our pupils.

Increase capacity

"The Penicuik refurbishment will also expand pupil capacity and, after a catchment rezone, minimise future pressures on Lasswade High School.”

During the refurbishment

Cllr Muirhead said the plan would be to decant pupils and staff to the vacated Beeslack High School once the new A701 school is opened while the refurbishment was going on.

Sector leading

“We aim to create a secondary learning environment across Penicuik which is sector leading,” he added.

More information when we have it

Project teams will be set up to take both projects forward. Parents, pupils and staff will be given more information when more details are available. 
18 Dec 2020