A ‘NEW’ primary school in Haddington has taken the town in its name.

The merged Haddington Infant School and King’s Meadow Primary School is to be called Haddington Primary School, it has been announced.

The name was chosen after the school community and public were invited to put forward their ideas during a 10-week consultation.

The results were then voted on by children, parents and staff, with Haddington Primary School emerging top.

The ‘new’ school offers education from nursery age to P7 with a combined school roll of 771 across the two existing campuses at Tynebank Road and Neilson Park Road.

The decision to ‘close’ Haddington Infant and King’s Meadow and establish a new school for Haddington and its catchment areas followed a statutory public consultation.

Willie French will become the school’s new headteacher on Monday.

Councillor Shamin Akhtar, cabinet member for education, said: “This is a great next step for the pupils and the whole school community. Moving to a single school will offer children a seamless transition from infant to upper stages, supported by a more cohesive curriculum and a single management structure.”

A transition group, led by the headteacher and including the parent council, will consult with the wider school community on a logo and uniform arrangements.