COMMUNITIES are being asked to give their views on the state of their local schools in a new survey launched by East Lothian Council.

The online survey is part of a Learning Estate Review by the local authority and aims to find out how school buildings are working, as well as looking at their physical conditions.

Communities are being asked to comment on the condition of their school and share their experiences on how it supports both learning and community use.

The survey launches on the East Lothian Consultation Hub on Monday for a month.

It will then be followed with a range of online workshops in May which will look at the feedback.

Councillor Shamin Akhtar, cabinet member for education and children’s services, said: “We want to have a learning estate that meets the needs of learners and the communities.

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“This online questionnaire provides people with an opportunity to share their views and experiences of how our existing buildings support this aim, and will help us in our future capital planning.

“It’s important that, despite the current restrictions around access to school buildings, we focus on developing a learning estate that supports communities now and in the future.

“I’m pleased to see this pre-consultation process begin so that we can gather as wide a range of views as possible to help shape our learning estate.

“While this is not a statutory consultation, we are following best practice, as laid out by Scottish Government.

“I would encourage people across East Lothian to take part in this process and share their views on our school buildings.”

To join in the survey, go to