Our Ambitions

As it serves one of Scotland’s fastest growing council areas, East Lothian Council is focused on ensuring local communities continue to be great places in which to live and work, with an even more dynamic local economy.

East Lothian is one of Scotland’s fastest growing authority areas, with land identified that will bring 10,050 new homes to the county by 2024. This level of population growth offers challenges and opportunities across all of the council’s services.

Investing in people and learning

Reducing inequalities and raising the attainment gap is a key priority for our council. We aim to provide the best education service in Scotland through a relentless focus on inclusion, achievement, ambition and progress for all. While attainment and our positive destination results remain higher than the national average, we are committed to giving all of our children and young people the best start; working together to nurture them and helping them to achieve their potential.

We have six secondary and 34 primary schools across the county, with specialist provision supporting over 100 children and young people. A multi-million pound programme of modernisation, expansion and new build is underway to develop education spaces that benefit East Lothian’s learners and communities. In total, £43m has been dedicated to the expansion and refurbishment of a range of facilities, including work to accommodate the increase in funded early years’ hours. East Lothian’s newest primary school is currently under construction at Letham Mains in Haddington.

Together with our partners we aim to offer excellence and equity for all our children and young people at every stage of their learning journey. East Lothian is an active member of the South East Improvement Collaborative (SEIC), driving forward improvements in attainment and equity across the wider region, ensuring our children and young people benefit from economic growth.