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Published 23 June 2017

A special school for young people who require additional support is to move to a new base.

Choices will relocate to Jamestown Primary School following the opening of the new Balloch Education campus in 2018. Jamestown pupils will move to the new campus allowing the building to be fully refurbished to accommodate the Choices programme.

The new Jamestown location will be internally upgraded to allow Choices to expand its programme and offer more academic and vocational courses to the young people it supports. The refurbished building will provide a more attractive and flexible learning environment, and is set to incorporate a catering kitchen and workshop.

Choices, which offers an alternative education placement for secondary aged pupils who require additional support to address social, emotional or other vulnerabilities, is currently located within the Skypoint Centre in Faifley, but the space is limited and is no longer suitable for use as an education centre.

Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, said: “Choices supports vulnerable young people who require additional support to reach their potential. We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure all of our young people are fully supported to achieve their ambitions and aspirations. Relocating Choices to Jamestown will allow us to create a purpose built learning environment which fully support all aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence.”

Caroline McAllister, Vice-Convener of Educational Services, added: “This move will ensure we are providing the best possible learning and teaching environment for the young people and staff at Choices. The proposal was supported by staff,  who recognise the benefits the new site will provide for pupils including opportunities for outdoor learning, and greater partnership working."