Green light for build of new East Renfrewshire learning campus

PLANS for the build of a new learning campus, which will bring two East Renfrewshire primary schools and a nursery on a shared space, have been granted planning permission.

A new facility will be built on ground within the site of the current Neilston Primary School, with it being one of the schools, alongside St Thomas’ Primary School and Madras Family Centre, to be located on the site.

East Renfrewshire Council said the schools and family centre will retain their ‘unique’ identities and teaching spaces, with shared facilities including a large sports hall; Digi-Zone; a dedicated space for science, technology, engineering and maths; an art room; and drama and music space.

Once the new school and nursery facility is completed, the current Neilston Primary and Madras Family Centre will be demolished to allow for an all-weather football pitch and multi-use games area to be created. The current St Thomas’ Primary building will also be demolished.

Councillor Alan Lafferty, convener for education and equalities, said, “This is another milestone for this exciting project which will provide fantastic benefits for Neilston and beyond. Education is obviously about far more than bricks and mortar, but providing the very best learning environments for our children and young people is certainly an important factor in creating the right atmosphere to challenge their thinking and stretch their imaginations. We’ve already delivered a number of new school facilities in recent years, and I can’t wait to see this latest addition start to take shape.”