PLANS for a Peebles primary revamp which would have “ripped the heart” from the school have been torn up after parents’ protests.

Last month, it was revealed a Scottish Borders Council (SBC) proposal to move P1 to P7 pupils at Halyrude to the first floor and lose the St Joseph’s Centre atrium.

Halyrude shares its building with Leader Valley, which caters for children with complex learning needs.

The scheme would have seen Leader Valley take over the ground floor.

At a meeting with Halyrude Parents Council on Monday evening, SBC’s service director for education and lifelong learning, Lesley Munro, confirmed the council would think again about its plan.

Speaking on Tuesday morning, Jen Noble, vice chair of Halyrude Parents Council, said: “We are really pleased to say that SBC have acknowledged the shortcomings of the proposed plan and have agreed to withdraw them in their entirety. It was a very productive meeting.

“SBC have done a complete rethink and issued an apology for the lack of consultation.

“We have assurances from SBC that they intend to work constructively and collaboratively with all the stakeholders to develop plans which benefit and meet the needs of the children at both Halyrude and Leader Valley schools.

“We are expecting SBC to release a position paper today.”

An SBC spokesperson said: “Following a meeting with parents from both Halyrude Primary and Leader Valley, it has been agreed that we will undertake a review of planned investment in the building.

“This is to ensure that all children benefit from investment in their learning environment and we are very much looking forward to working with the parent groups to achieve this.”