THE newly merged primary school in Prestonpans has been given its new name: Preston Tower Primary School.

The school is a merger of the current Prestonpans Primary and Prestonpans Infant Schools, and the new name was chosen by children, parents and staff.

An East Lothian Council spokesperson said: “Preston Tower is a familiar landmark in the town and a historical piece of architecture, with parts dating back to the 14th century.

“Respondents felt the tower and its situation within the town, halfway between the two school buildings, linked ‘the old with the new’ and was a fitting representation of the school’s development.”

Suggestions for the new name were collected over a four-week consultation period from February to March.

A transition group has been formed to consult with the wider school community on a logo and uniform arrangements. This group will be led by newly appointed headteacher Alison Cookson and involve a selection of staff, children and parents.

Its priority will be to move to a new school identity without placing undue financial pressure on families.