Portobello damage shows need for new high school

The extensive damage that has been caused to the Assembly Hall roof of Portobello High School as a result of overnight wind conditions is the starkest demonstration possible of the need for a new school to be urgently built, according to local MSP Kenny MacAskill.

The school was closed today while the site is made safe for pupils following the damage that took place. The damage at the school comes just two weeks after the surprise announcement that an appeal against the construction of a new Portobello High School had been accepted by the Court of Session.

Commenting Edinburgh Eastern MSP Kenny MacAskill said:

“The extreme damage that has been done to Portobello High School from today’s winds show just how urgent the need for a new school building is.

“It is simply unacceptable for over 1,300 kids to be taught in a building that is quite literally collapsing around them. The condition of the building is putting the education of pupils at the school at risk when disruptions like this can take place.

“The need for a new school is getting more and more urgent by the day and pupils at the school desperately need a way forward to be found as quickly as possible.”