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New school year starts

Over 2200 new Primary 1 pupils began their school careers in West Lothian this week.

22 August
P1 Pupils

Schools across West Lothian welcomed pupils for the start of the new term on Wednesday 21 August.

It was an extra special day at Bankton Primary School in Livingston, as Deacon, Finlay and Ruby Blacklaw joined their new classmates on their first day being the only set of triplets for to start a West Lothian School in 2019/20.

Elsewhere, there were two sets of twins starting across three schools: Howden St Andrew's Primary School, St Mary's Polbeth Primary School and Broxburn Primary school.

Bankton Primary School Acting Headteacher, Yvonne Ferguson said: "It is fantastic to welcome back all of our pupils with an extra special welcome to our brand new, P1pupils including our triplets, Ruby, Deacon and Finlay.

"We will be doing all we can to help all of our new P1 pupils settle into school life quickly, and building positive relationships with their parents/carers to ensure all the children receive and enjoy the best possible education in their time with us at Bankton."

Executive councillor for education David Dodds said: "The new school terms is always a very exciting time for all involved with our schools especially the children starting P1 and their families/carers.

"We would like to welcome all of our new P1 pupils and welcome back all of our existing pupils to schools across West Lothian for the new term.

"West Lothian has one of the best school estates in the country with our pupils enjoying a seventh consecutive improvement in exam results. I hope all of our new pupils enjoy their time at school and feel that they are able to fulfill their potential as teachers and school staff create the best possible learning environment."




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