Clovenfords school works under way

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Clovenfords work
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Councillor George Turnbull dug the first sod on the site for the new Clovenfords school

Work has started on a new £6.5m school building in the Borders with a major refurbishment of another property due to start within days.

The Clovenfords project is due to be completed late next year to replace Caddonfoot Primary.

Meanwhile, work will get under way early next month on an overhaul of the former Kingsland Primary in Peebles.

It will house pupils from Halyrude Primary once the scheme is completed by March next year.

Pupils and teachers looked on as Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker cut the ribbon for the access road at Clovenfords.

The first sod was dug at the site - with education executive spokesman councillor George Turnbull doing the honours.

Headteacher at Caddonfoot Primary, Alison Sutherland, said: "The staff and pupils at Caddonfoot Primary have been working in very cramped conditions for a number of years so we are obviously delighted to be another step closer to a new school.

"I am pleased to have the support of parents and the surrounding community and I would like to thank them for remaining positive and patient during what has been a difficult journey."

The projects are part of the wider Border Primary Schools (BPS) programme.

New schools at Kingsland, Peebles and Lauder have been opened recently and the building of a new school is now under way in Clovenfords.

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