L to R - principal teacher John Cloherty, head teacher Geraldine Armstrong, Council Leader John McGinty and Executive councillor for education Lawrence Fitzpatrick. Image courtesy of Paul Watt, West Lothian Council

New £7 million Southdale Primary opened

7 December 2016 / News/Press Release

A special celebration has been held to mark the official opening of West Lothian’s newest primary school (press release courtesy of West Lothian Council).

Leader of West Lothian Council John McGinty was the guest of honour at a special event for the stunning new £7 million Southdale Primary School in Armadale, along with invited guests from the local community and those involved in the project.

Southdale pupils staged an impressive event for their invited guests, featuring music, speeches and film.

The impressive new school will provide quality education for Armadale’s growing population, with construction work completed on time and under budget ready for the first intake of pupils in August earlier this year.

Councillor McGinty said: “I’m delighted to officially open the new £7 million Southdale Primary. The state-of-the-art building will help our dedicated teachers deliver high-quality education to Armadale children.

“It’s great to see and hear first-hand how West Lothian Council’s first brand new primary school for almost a decade is making a real difference to the local children who use it, as we look to give our children the best possible venues for learning

“This is our largest single investment in primary education in recent years, with West Lothian Council investing over £100 million in education infrastructure between 2012 and 2018 to make sure we continue to have one of the best school estates in the country.

“Thanks go to all the pupils and staff at Southdale Primary for putting on a great event and welcoming us to their school.”

The school has been constructed in phases, with the first phase including classrooms, GP rooms, nursery facilities, gym, dining and additional accommodation sized to suit more classes in order to future proof the school.

The eco-friendly school has been designed to save energy with solar panels being put on the roof and greatly increased insulation to keep the school weatherproof. The building has been designed to ensure the school can continue to grow to suit local housing developments, allowing the school to extend in pairs of classrooms.

The building project has been organised by West Lothian Council’s Construction Services in conjunction with Ogilvie Construction Ltd, Currie and Brown, David Narro Associates, AHR Landscape and CDM Scotland.

Southdale Headteacher Geraldine Armstrong said: “It was fantastic to welcome Councillor McGinty and invited guests to Southdale Primary. The pupils were very excited by the school opening to demonstrate their talents and their new schools to everyone.

“The new school is a fantastic resource, designed with education in mind, which will help the learning experience for pupils.”