A BID for two new schools to be built in East Lothian has moved a step closer.

Plans for a new secondary school and community learning facility at Wallyford and a new primary school at Whitecraig will be among the initial projects supported through the Scottish Government’s new schools investment programme.

The announcement was made today (Monday) by Deputy First Minister John Swinney and COSLA and follows partnership work by East Lothian Council, Edinburgh College, Glasgow Kelvin College, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and health partners to progress plans.

Both new schools, which will include community facilities, are key components of East Lothian Council’s work to meet the needs of growing communities as set out in the approved East Lothian Local Development Plan.

New community learning facilities within the secondary school building at Wallyford will include new adult and youth training facilities alongside social care facilities.

An exact amount of funding has not been revealed and there is no confirmed timescale for either school.