Multi-million-pound school’s out after leak


By Michael MacLeod

A BRAND new £23 million Scots school was flooded just months after opening.

Torrential rain and strong winds battered the new Eyemouth High School and leaked dangerously into electrical fittings.

Now staff are racing to repair the multi-million pound school in time for its 420 pupils returning for the new term on August 17.

The seaside school was built under the controversial public-private partnership (PPP) programme, meaning commercial firm Amey owns and runs the building, while the Scottish Borders Council employs the teachers.

It was even built with a nautical theme with pillars and wires made to look like boat masts and rigging.

But like a stricken ship the school buckled under severe rain throughout July.

Water leaked through the roof and seeped into light fittings, leaving expensive new classroom gear at risk.

Janitor Mark Johnston rushed to the soaked classrooms to quickly remove any equipment that could be damaged.

Emergency repairs are now underway, according to the council.

They said: “Amey were onsite promptly and Mark Johnston, one of the school’s new janitors, identified the area affected and acted quickly to remove any equipment that could be damaged.

“With the leak getting progressively worse, Amey and Graham Construction evaluated the situation and took the necessary emergency repairs to prevent further damage occurring.

“Mark’s swift actions and the actions taken by Graham Construction and Amey offsite teams have meant the damage to the building was limited to the loss of two areas of ceiling tiles.”