Art and soul of new Burntisland school

Carole Robinson, Kinghorn glass artist
Carole Robinson, Kinghorn glass artist

Plans to stamp some individuality on Burntisland’s new primary school are coming together – with help from pupils and the local community.

Following a selection process involving pupils, the parent council and staff, a local artist has been chosen to work with pupils on a special piece of artwork which will be incorporated into the design of the new building, due to open at the start of the new school year in August.

Carole Robinson, who runs a glass workshop in Kinghorn High Street, and whose children are former Kinghorn Primary pupils, was picked after submitting details of her work, making a presentation to the school pupils and staff and answering questions on her work.

She will work with the architect who designed the building as well as the students to come up with a work of art which is totally unique to the new school.

Julie Anderson, head teacher, said she was delighted with the project.

“We were completely overwhelmed with the response, and we put the proposals to pupils and staff who shortlisted three applicants. We then had representatives from the parent council, the construction firm Bam which is building the school and the pupils, as well as our acting depute who heard the presentations and made the final, unanimous, decision.”

Carole has come up with several ideas incorporating glasswork and will discuss them with the children and the architect before coming up with the final decision.

Pupils at the school also had the final say in the naming of their new school wings, deciding to stick with the compass points of north, south, east and west as they were “simple” “practical” and “educational”.

The office area in the centre will be called “the hub” while the head teacher’s office will be “the cubbie” as suggested by P2 pupil Gregor Bruce.

Involvement of pupils is “vital”

The views of the school pupils and the local community have played a big part in the decisions made on the new school.

And Mrs Anderson is adamant that they will continue to play a big part in the coming months and years.

“It is vital that everyone is given their say, and ideas such as former influential teachers and old house names are ideas which we hope to take forward in different ways,” she said.