Children at Ladyloan and Muirfield primary schools were perhaps more excited than most as they returned to school for the spring term in Arbroath today.
Life begins anew at both schools, with modern new buildings equipped for 21st century learning open and ready to receive the children and staff.
They are the 99th and 100th new schools to be built in Scotland as part of Scotland’s £1.8 billion Schools for the Future Programme, which is managed by the Scottish Futures Trust. Lips remain tightly sealed as to which school is 99th and which is 100th, as Ladyloan and Muirfield simultaneously opened their doors.
Angus Council’s Children and Learning Convener, Cllr Derek Wann said: “The Angus Schools for the Future Programme is without question the most ambitious plans we have ever implemented for our schools estate. As an elected member in Arbroath I have been excited to see the investment made in the future of our young learners and our communities at Ladyloan and Muirfield primary schools as part of the Arbroath Schools Project.
“These new schools are not only great places to learn, they will also be excellent and we are sure very popular community spaces.”
Contents, equipment and materials were moved over to the new schools from the old before the festive break to ensure everything was ready for the Spring Term and the near 240 children at Ladyloan and almost 200 children at Muirfield. Both of the new schools have been built within the existing schools’ grounds. This has allowed both schools to continue to operate in a way that has minimised the impact on children and staff while the work was undertaken.
Deputy First Minister, John Swinney said: “We are committed to providing all of our learners access to state-of-the-art facilities that young people want to learn in and parents and teachers can be proud of. As the 99th and 100th schools supported by Schools for the Future, pupils at Ladyloan and Muirfield start the new term in innovative, modern learning facilities.
“I have seen the difference these buildings can make to the lives of pupils, teachers and parents, as well as the wider communities they serve, and our efforts continue in partnership with local authorities beyond this milestone to improve the condition of our entire learning estate, from early years through to schools and colleges.”
With the move completed and children and staff now happily with their new surroundings, the project’s focus switches to the demolition of the now empty older buildings. Once levelled, they will be replaced by new car parks and sports pitches at both sites. This work is scheduled to be completed by the end of May.
Photos show children at Ladyloan and Muirfield primary schools respectively.