FOUR MORAY PRIMARY schools involved in a £17million refurbishment operation are to be colour-coordinated to match their school uniforms.
External walls at Buckie’s Millbank, Applegrove in Forres, Seafield in Elgin and St Gerardine in Lossiemouth are to be rendered in the school colours, Moray Council has revealed.
All four schools have been subjected to major upgrading throughout the summer and work will continue until the spring of 2017, by which time all four will be deemed as “fit for purpose” for many years to come.
Funded through a £10million Scottish Government grant with the balance paid by the local authority, the works includes such as new roof coverings, doors, windows, external insulation and fully modernised electrical and heating systems.
The interiors of each will be reconfigured with a mixture of new and refurbished classroom accommodation.
School colours that are already incorporated into uniforms are being reflected in the external rendering of each school. In Buckie this week local councillors saw the work in progress at Millbank in the company of the Council’s head of lifelong learning, culture and sport, Graham Jarvis.
Mr Jarvis said that the schools would enjoy a vastly improved environment in which to learn and teach. He added: “It has been proved that the physical environment in which children and staff learn and teach can have a very positive effect on attainment and behaviour.
“The four schools will provide a light, refreshing environment for our children and staff to work in together and I look forward to showing parents and children round the schools once they are complete.”