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Published 09 March 2018

Councillors have noted plans to build a new £15.1m Renton Primary School and invest £850,000 extensively refurbishing St Mary’s Primary in Alexandria.

A report presented to members of the Council’s Educational Services Committee, detailed plans to construct a new Renton Primary and a Language and Communication Base for children with additional support needs. The new campus will include a new Riverside Early Learning and Childcare Centre, to be constructed on the grounds of the current school.

Members also moved forward with plans to upgrade and improve St Mary’s Primary School in Alexandria. Pupils will benefit from a new internal kitchen and dining area, replacing the temporary dining room which is currently located outwith the school building. The refurbishment will create a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) hub, which will equip children with essential skills for future modern careers, and also a new external state of the art Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) for outdoor sports.

Further engagement will take place with parents, carers and pupils at St Martin’s Primary with a report on the schools to be prepared and brought to the Education meeting in June.  

Convener of Educational Services, Councillor Karen Conaghan, said: “These plans will see hundreds of children move from buildings that are in poor condition to be educated in modern learning environments.  Along with the new Renton Primary we will have a new purpose-built Language and Communications Base for children with additional support needs.”    

Depute Convener of Educational Services, Councillor Caroline McAllister, said: “I know these plans will be welcomed by parents and pupils at Renton Primary and St Mary’s Primary. We have taken on board feedback from St Martin’s Parent Council and officers will engage with the wider parent body to get a clear view on their aspirations for pupils there.”