Gaelic School site receives visit from VIPs

Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages yesterday visited the site of the new Gaelic School, the former Bonnington Primary, in advance of works beginning.

Dr Allan met with Councillor David Key, Vice Convener of Education, Children and Families to tour the school which will see extensive work carried out to the tune of £3.53million in order to prepare the school for its new role.

Councillor David Key, said; "This time next year we will be into the first term of our new dedicated Gaelic Primary and Nursery School.  We are working with the Scottish Government to help deliver a modern educational facility that will nurture our young Gaelic speakers and help protect the future of the language.

"Pupils, parents and staff are currently being consulted on the name for the new school and I am pleased to say we should be in a position to make an announcement about it in the coming weeks."

Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages Alasdair Allan said:

"The Scottish Government has been clear on the benefits of funding this exciting development and I am delighted to visit the site to see for myself the scale of work that needs to be carried out over the next year. 

"Edinburgh will soon have its first dedicated Gaelic Primary and Nursery School and I would encourage parents, whether or not they themselves speak Gaelic to consider the great opportunity this now presents for their children. I look forward to returning next summer to a newly refurbished facility ready for its first pupils."

The school will replace the existing Gaelic Medium Unit (GME) based within Tollcross Primary School which was established in the 1980s.  The GME unit has steadily seen its roll rise over the years as demand for GME education has grown. 

The new school is due to open in August 2013.   Parent representatives are involved in a working group taking forward the development of the new school and the new Head Teacher will be appointed before Christmas 2012. 

Pictured left to right are Alasdair Allan MSP, Cllr Deidre Brock and Cllr David Key.

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