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New primary school for Calderwood

Proposals to build a new £14.3 million primary school in Calderwood, East Calder, have been approved.

13 February
Artist's impression of new Calderwood Primary

Education Executive gave their agreement to construct a new purpose-built non-denominational primary school following a formal consultation process recently.

The approval of the layout, design and final cost for the school have now been approved by the Council Executive

The new school will be fully funded by developer contributions from the Calderwood development, and will provide non-denominational primary education for up to 462 primary and 128 nursery pupils.

During the consultation, no responses were received that led to the proposals being reviewed, with Education Scotland's formal response stating: 'The council's proposal provides a strong case for the new school'.

Executive councillor for education David Dodds said: "I'm delighted that we have taken another important step forward in delivering a brand new state-of-the-art primary school in Calderwood, East Calder.

"Thanks to everyone who took part in the consultation for sharing their views, which will be taken into account as the project moves forward.

"Calderwood is a West Lothian Core Development Area, and the new school will be required to ensure we have capacity for all the children who will live there in the future. 

"Construction is due to start on site next month, with the new school open to pupils in August 2021."

The design of the new school incorporates elements of the award-winning West Calder High School, and is designed to be sustainable and suitable. 

It has been developed as an anchor landmark for the Calderwood development in conjunction with the local community and Stirling Developments