Netherthird Primary School will finally open its doors to pupils after a number of setbacks.

Pupils will start the school on Monday, February 20 after a letter was sent out to parents and carers to confirm the news.

Work on the year-long project started in September 2021, with pupils set to move into the new school from October 27, 2022.

However, some setbacks meant that the official opening date for the state-of-the-art building was pushed back.

The handover was delayed until November, before being further pushed back until after the New Year due to a "statutory building issue".

Now the good news has come at last, as kids will start their new school next month.

A request has been sent to the Scottish Government for exceptional school closures on Tuesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 8 to allow staff to pack up at Greenmill Primary.

School holidays for pupils will run from Thursday, February 9 until Thursday, February 16.

However, further exceptional closure for pupils have been requested on Thursday 16 and Friday 16 February, to allow staff to set up at Netherthird Primary School.

Children are then set to start the new school the following Monday.

An East Ayrshire Council spokesperson confirmed: "A letter has been issued to parents and carers confirming the handover of the new Netherthird Primary School.

"In consultation with the Head Teacher and the Parent Council, it has been agreed that the move to the new school will take place over the February mid-term break and that the children and young people will start their new school on Monday 20 February.

"A request has been made to the Scottish Government for exceptional closures on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 February and Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February.

"Specific arrangements for the first day in the new school, including the school streets project will be issued in a separate communication by the Head Teacher."