Schools set to be rebuilt due to poor designOctober 27th, 2014 Category: Schools
Parents in Scotland have welcomed plans to replace crumbling and deteriorating schools, it has been revealed.
Two overcrowded Midlothian schools are set to be rebuilt and turned into community hubs, thanks to a cash injection by the government.
Midlothian Council has earmarked £18 million to rebuild in Loanhead and Roslin and improve the buildings after learning minister Alasdair Allan unveiled the plans as part of Holyrood’s £330 million Schools for the Future programme. The schools were selected because of their poor layouts and the fact that they are in a state of disrepair.
Completion of the works is set to take place in 2017.
Midlothian Council are also set to hold a full public consultation over the next few years to gauge opinion over the plans.
However, according to a story that appeared in Edinburgh Evening News, the plans have already been described as "long overdue" by local parents.
Commenting on the design, Midlothian Council leader Owen Thompson said in an interview published by the newspaper: "There is a vision we can get new or improved leisure facilities and library – maybe even a town hall. That is my idea, but it is absolutely right that discussion now takes place with the community.”
These new developments serve to demonstrate the importance of maintaining local schools across the country.
In Scotland for example, the changes were welcomed by local parents who said that not only will these developments enable the schools to accommodate more children, but the changes will also improve the quality of education for young children.
However, if the scheme proves to be successful, it could be used as a model to improve schools all over the UK, including in London.
With the population of London expected to grow over the next two decades, it is is vital that the layout, size and appearance of schools in the city are able to cater to demand.