Help Upgrade Newtongrange Primary School Playground

The playground urgently needs an upgrade – please sign the petition using the below link

Our school is a great community with wonderful teachers and support staff, however, the facilities available do not match the staff’s passion and dedication. Our children deserve a better place to play and learn in.

In 2025 Newtongrange Primary School will be 100 years old and in that time the playground has deteriorated and no longer meets the standards and needs of a modern school. 

The playground is essentially a hard tarmac surface and is not stimulating, engaging, fun or inclusive for the approximately 450 children who use the playground every school day, and our popular After School Club who use it all year round.

The playground railings create a hazard for our children with rusty fragments and flaking paint. There is a large disparity between the Newtongrange playground and many other Midlothian Primary School playgrounds. While ours lacks basic facilities like shelter or play equipment many others feature engaging spaces and accessible play zones to enhance learning experiences.

Overall, despite of the best efforts of the school staff, the site looks very tired and neglected. Whilst Midlothian Council has recognised the need to refurbish the school as a whole, it makes no mention of the playground and no timescale has yet been offered for this.

Please click the link and sign the petition –


Sarah Matthews

Sarah Matthews

After seeing the great work carried out by the Community Council during the pandemic I wanted to lend my skills and experience in order to make a difference.

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