Outdoor learning at the heart of new Paisley campus

L-R Morrison senior site manager Scott Clements, Renfrewshire Council Depute Leader and Education and Children’s Services Convener Councillor Jim Paterson, Depute Education and Children’s Services Convener and Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron and St Paul’s headteacher Louise Maher

MORRISON Construction has announced that a new £8.5 million school campus in Paisley is on course to open for the start of the new school year in August.

St Paul’s Primary will house 212 pupils, while an integrated communication unit has space for a further 24 at the shared campus, which also includes Foxlea Early Learning and Childcare Centre.

The school site features outdoor learning spaces including a canopied area that can be used for activities including science experiments. There is an all-weather sports surface and a forest area, while a bike and scooter rack will encourage children to ride to school.

The playground will have graphics and games painted into the ground surface and as well as a gym, a centrally located studio provides space for dance and movement classes. The building will be on one level.

Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Convener Jim Paterson and Depute Convener and Provost Lorraine Cameron recently visited the construction site to see the progress that has been made.

Councillor Paterson said, “We are determined to give our children and young people the best learning environments possible to help them achieve their full potential and this campus is a great example of that.

“Outdoor learning is central to the curriculum and access to external spaces means that pupils can engage with the world around them. The school is truly one for the 21st century, with all of the class rooms designed to support modern teaching aids and internet ready.

“The campus is on track to be fully operational this August and is on budget.”

Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction MD for Central Scotland added, “We were delighted to welcome members of Renfrewshire Council onto site and show them the great progress we have made to date on this fantastic new building. ‘The project is moving forward on schedule with the internal fit out well underway.

‘‘We continue to work with all stakeholders to deliver a first-class facility for the pupils, teachers and community members.”