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Sneak peak of new £32 million school

Future first year pupils of the new West Calder High School have been given the chance to see how their new school is shaping up.

13 April

The new £32 million West Calder Calder High is set to open to pupils in August 2018, and represents the biggest ever single investment in education in West Lothian.

Current Primary 7 pupils from feeder schools including Addiewell, East Calder, Kirknewton, Mid Calder Parkhead and Woodmuir primaries were all invited to see the school, as it enters the final months of construction.

The young people were allowed into one of the completed science rooms, designed with modern facilities to support learning, and were able to safely view work taking place on the school's impressive amphitheatre area, which sits at the heart of the building.

The young people were all very impressed with what they saw.

Cade from Mid Calder Primary said: "I like how big the building is and it has a nice colour to it, it's very open with nice big windows and is nice and bright."

Emily from East Calder Primary said: "I think it's really nice it looks a lot nicer than the old building. I'm looking forward to seeing it all finished and getting to explore it all, I like how open spaced the building is."

Lachlan from Woodmuir Primary said: "I think it's really good, I've already been up to the old school and I think this one, even though it's not done yet, looks way better."

Acting Head Teacher at East Calder Primary School, Steven Eagleson added: "It was really valuable bringing all the children from the feeder schools up to the new West Calder High School today. 

"It's great having such a new resource that's been designed in such a modern way. It will have a big impact on how faculties can work together."

The 1,100 capacity school has been designed with the pupil experience at the core, as well as providing facilities accessible to the local community.  It is being developed through Hub South East Scotland, with Morrison Construction appointed to build the new school.

Richard Park, Hub South East's Operations Director, said: "It's fantastic to see future pupils get a glimpse of where they will start their high school journey in August.

"As a Hub project, we're keen to ensure a range of community benefits and offering site visits is just one of these. We're delighted that our contractor, Morrison Construction, could facilitate this experience for the children. 

"It's great to hear first-hand the positive feedback the new school is receiving and we're sure this will be echoed by their classmates and teachers when they begin to use their new school at the start of the 2018/19 term."

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