Have your say on Midlothian school names

Lauren Winning and her son Fraser Winning (P3) at the naming event at Gorebridge Primary.
Lauren Winning and her son Fraser Winning (P3) at the naming event at Gorebridge Primary.

Local people are being asked to vote for a name for each of the two new primary schools at North Gorebridge and Bilston.

Creative primary pupils have made the job easier by coming up with a shortlist of five names for the school which are due to open in August.

Around 20 pupils from Gorebridge, Stobhill and St Andrew’s Primary Schools, assisted by pupils from Newbattle High School, whittled their favourites for North Gorebridge down to - Pentland View Primary, Gore Glen Primary, Arniston Primary, Arniston Park Primary and Whitehouse Primary.

Meanwhile, pupils at Roslin Primary and Bilston Annexe have chosen their five contenders - Bilston Primary, Bilston Glen Primary, Castlelaw Primary, Pentland Primary and Rainbow Primary.

Councillor Bob Constable (SNP), the cabinet member for education, said: “These are all fantastic names linked to the history and landscapes of the areas.

“It’s going to be very hard to choose just one for each school but we’re confident local people will get behind our competition and tell us what they think.

“After all, the schools belong to the local communities and will be integral parts of them so we want to make sure local people pick a name they can really connect with.”

Lauren Winning came along to the Gorebridge event to help her son, Fraser, who is in P3. Fraser said he was quite keen on the name Whitehouse Primary.

Locals can vote online by visiting the consultations page on the council’s website at www.midlothian.gov.uk. Voting forms will be available at local libraries. Alternatively, you can email magnus.inglis@midlothian.gov.uk or call him on 0131 271 3669.

The competitions run until Wednesday, February 24.