New school opens in Danderhall

Tuesday April 20th 2021


From left to right: Colin Waugh, site manager at Heron Bros, James Junior Heron, Darcy Edwards and Acting Head Teacher Jennifer Mouat.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

The return to school after the Easter break was all the more exciting for pupils at Danderhall Primary with the opening of their new building.

As well as a new primary school and early learning centre, the £16.78 million new build has a library, leisure centre, cafe and sports pitches, some of which will open next week when coronavirus restrictions ease.

Acting Head Teacher Jennifer Mouat said: “This is a fantastic day for the school and the Danderhall community.

“So much work has gone into creating this modern, exciting education environment so to be able to finally welcome the children into their new classrooms to continue their learning journey is amazing.

“It’s been a challenging time for pupils and staff everywhere because of coronavirus so getting into our new school feels extra special today.”

Main contractor Heron Bros delivered the state-of-the-art building, which sits on the former primary site, and can accommodate 640 pupils and 120 children in its three nursery spaces.

Heron Bros site manager Colin Waugh joined pupils and Jennifer for two special ribbon cutting ceremonies.

The oldest early learning pupil James Junior Heron, 5, and the youngest early learning pupil Darcy Edwards, 3, did the honours in the early learning side of the building.

Darcy agreed she was “very excited” to be in her new school.

P7 pupil Lemuel Sanchez, 12, the oldest pupil and Elliot Jenkinson, 5, the youngest pupil officially opened the main school building.

Elliot said the chance to cut the ribbon was “magic” while Lemuel said he’d been on a tour of the building and it was “pretty cool”.

The multi-million investment is in addition to more than £150 million spent in the last ten years on building new or upgrading existing schools across Midlothian.

The redevelopment of the site comes after extensive consultation with local people about preferences for the school.

Danderhall’s budget is £16.784 million, partly funded by £6.2 million of developer contributions, £1.1 million of Scottish Government Early Years grant funding; and with the remainder being funded by the council.

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