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COUNCIL MAKES£128M INVESTMENT IN NEW SCHOOLS

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Glasgow City Council has approved a financial package of more than£128m that will see 16 new primary schools built...
Glasgow City Council has approved a financial package of more than£128m that will see 16 new primary schools built at various locations across the city.

All 16 new schools will be pre-12 campuses providing nursery and primary education. Two of them, at Ruchill and East Govan, will be multiplex campuses bringing together pre-5, denominational and non-denominational establishments (the new school at Ruchill will also include an element for Special Needs Education).

The decisions taken by the Education Services Committee, have come at the end of a two month-long consultation period that included seventy-five public meetings. It means the closure of 28 primary schools across the city which have insufficient numbers or are in a critical physical condition.

One of the decisions reached by the Committee was to build a new non-denominational school in the Hillhead area of the city, on a gap site at Otago Street and Gibson Street. The new school will replace the existing provision at Dowanhill, Hillhead, Kelvinhaugh and Willowbank Primary Schools along with Dowanhill and Willows Nursery Schools. In doing so however, the Committee agreed to embark on a further consultation exercise on the possibility of shared catchment areas for Dowanhill, Kelvinhaugh and Willowbank Primary Schools.

Another decision was to build a new school to replace existing provision at Ogilvie and St Jude's Primary Schools in Greater Easterhouse. In doing so, the Committee agreed to embark on a further consultation on the possible re-zoning of the part of the catchment area located at the former Springhill Farm.

Councillor Steven Purcell, Leader of the Council said: 'I am delighted that the Council is pushing ahead with the latest phase of its bold modernisation of schools for the pre-12 sector. This investment of£128 million is tremendous news for everyone concerned, pupils, parents and teachers alike.

'There has been a high level of interest in the proposals and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend the public meetings and make written representations. There has again been widespread support of our pre-12 strategy, and most parents can see the value of our reinvestment and regeneration plans.'

Councillor Margaret McCafferty, the Convener of the Education Services Committee said: 'I know that some parents have been involved in campaigns to save individual schools, We did look very carefully at the arguments presented to us during the consultation exercise. All views were taken into account, but we did not think any of the alternatives put forward during the consultation exercise were viable. We have concluded that the sixteen new-build schools is the most appropriate way forward for the future education of our pre-12 children in these areas of Glasgow.'

On the decision by the Committee to have a further consultation on shared catchment areas in the West End, Councillor McCafferty said: 'A number of parents raised concerns about the size of the new school which will accommodate up to 650 primary school pupils and 80 pre-5 children. The Council does not consider that this will cause any difficulties. It will not be much larger than the roll of Hillhead Primary School was some eight years ago, and indeed will be considerably smaller than the 800 plus capacity of one of the country's most successful primaries in neighbouring East Renfrewshire.

'However, we have consistently shown over a number of years in which we have pursued our pre-12 strategy that we are a Council prepared to listen to and take on board parental concerns, and so we are going to have a further consultation which will further increase the options for children living in parts of the West End.'

The Council will close those schools affected at the end of June 2006. All sixteen of the new-build schools are scheduled to open in a phased manner between 2008 and 2010.

Notes

This is Phase Four of the strategic proposals to develop pre-12 education in Glasgow.

Phases 1-3 have already seen the Council invest£133 million in pre-12 education.

The total overall investment of£261 million committed through the pre-12 strategy will lead to 37 new-build schools.

In 2001 at the outset of the pre-12 strategy, there were 203 Primary Schools in Glasgow. The current number is 179 (and reducing further to 178 in the next few months with the previously agreed amalgamation of primary schools in Drumchapel).

The number of primary schools in Glagow will reduce to 150 upon full implementation of Phase 4 of the pre-12 strategy.

The further consultation for the West End will begin at Easter 2006. The proposals are:

pupils currently residing within the approved catchment area for Dowanhill to attend the new Hillhead PS or Hyndland PS

pupils currently residing within the approved catchment area for Kelvinaugh to attend the new Hillhead PS or Anderston PS

pupils currently residing within the approved catchment area for Willowbank to attend the new Hillhead PS or Oakgrove PS

The further consultation in respect of the former Springhill Farm will begin at Easter 2006. The proposals will involve a possible re-zoning to St Bridget's Primary in Baillieston.

List of Decisions

Proposal A

A new multiplex to replace Ruchill, Wester Common, Our Lady of Assumption and St Cuthbert's Primary Schools. It will also accommodate the Ruchill Communication Disorder Unit and Wester Common Nursery School and be built on the football pitch adjacent to the former Ruchill Hospital.

Number of Primary Schools to close - Two; Ruchill and Our Lady of Assumption, both with effect from the end of session 2007/2008.

Proposal B

Maryhill Primary School to close at the end of session 2005/2006 and pupils transfer to Parkview Primary School.

Number of Primary Schools to close - One

Proposal C

A new school to replace St Bernard's and St Robert's Primary Schools. It will accommodate Woodacre Nursery and be built on the current site of St Bernard's Primary.

Number of Primary Schools to close - One; St Robert's at the end of session 2005/06.

Proposal D

A new school to replace Househillmuir, Burnbrae and Nitshill Primary Schools. It will also accommodate Burnbrae Children's Centre and be built on the football pitches at Houshillmuir Primary.

Number of Primary Schools to close - Two; Burnbrae and Nitshill, both with effect from the end of session 2007/2008.

Proposal E

St Edmund's Primary School to close at the end of session 2005/2006 and pupils transfer to St Marnock's Primary School.

Number of Primary Schools to Close - One

Proposal F

A new school to replace Bishoploch, Blairtummock, Commonhead and Rogerfield Primary Schools. It will also accommodate St Clare's Day Nursery and be built on the site of the former St Clare's Primary School.

Number of Primary Schools to close - Three in total at the end of session 2007/2008.

(The four schools will come together in one new building)

Proposal G

A new school to replace Easthall, Provanhall and Wellhouse Primary Schools. It will also accommodate Provanhall Primary School Nursery Class, Easthall and Newhurst Nursery Schools and Barlanark Communication Disorder Unit and be built on the site of the current Ogilvie Primary School.

Number of Primary Schools to close - Two; Provanhall and Wellhouse, both with effect from the end of session 2007/2008.

Proposal H

Barlanark Primary School to close at the end of session 2005/2006 and pupils transfer to Sandaig Primary School.

Number of Primary Schools to close - One

Proposal I

A new school to replace St Jude's and Ogilvie Primary Schools. It will accommodate the Barlanark Family Learning Centre and be built on the current site of Barlanark Primary.

Number of Primary Schools to close - One in total at the end of session 2005/06.

(The two schools will come together, eventually in one new building)

Proposal J

A new school to replace Dowanhill, Hillhead, Kelvinhaugh and Willowbank Primary Schools. It will also accommodate Dowanhill and Willows Nursery Schools and be built on the gap site at Otago Street and Gibson Street.

There will be a further consultation beginning at Easter 2006 on the following proposals:-

pupils currently residing within the approved catchment area for Dowanhill to attend the new Hillhead PS or Hyndland PS

pupils currently residing within the approved catchment area for Kelvinaugh to attend the new Hillhead PS or Anderston PS

pupils currently residing within the approved catchment area for Willowbank to attend the new Hillhead PS or Oakgrove PS

Number of Primary Schools to close - Three; Dowanhill, Kelvinhaugh and Willowbank, all with effect from the end of session 2007/2008.

Proposal K

A new school to replace Notre Dame and St Peter's Primary Schools. It will also accommodate Anderston Street Nursery School and be built on the site of the current Dowanhill Primary School.

Number of Primary Schools to close - One; St Peter's with effect from the end of session 2008/2009.

Proposal L

Temple Primary School to close at the end of session 2006/2007 and pupils transfer to Knightswood Primary School.

Number of Primary Schools to close - One

Proposal M

A new school to replace Drumoyne, Elder Park and Greenfield Primary Schools. It will also accommodate the Govan Family Learning Centre and be built on the site of Pirie Park.

Number of Primary Schools to close - Two in total at the end of session 2007/2008.

(The three schools will come together in one new building)

Proposal N

A new multiplex to replace Copeland, Hill's Trust and St Saviour's Primary Schools. It will also accommodate Broomloan Nursery School and be built on the site of the former St Gerard's Secondary School.

Number of Primary Schools to close - One (either Copeland or Hill's Trust) from the end of session 2007/2008.

Proposal O

A new school to replace St Anthony's and St Jerome's Primary Schools. It will be built on the current site of St Jerome's Primary.

Number of Primary Schools to close - One at the end of session 2005/06.

(The two schools will come together, eventually in one new building)

Proposal P

A new school to replace St Lousie's and St Vincent Primary Schools. It will accommodate Thornlaw Nursery School and the St Vincent's Communication Disorder Unit and be built on the football pitches at St Vincent's Primary.

Number of Primary School to close - One; St Louise's at the end of session 2007/08.

Proposal Q

A new school to replace Arden and Carnwadric Primary Schools. It will accommodate the Jimmy Dunnachie Family Learning Centre and be built on the football pitches at Arden Primary.

Number of Primary Schools to close - One; Arden at the end of session 2007/08.

Proposal R

A new school to replace Sir John Maxwell and Tinto Primary Schools. It will accommodate Shawbridge Nursery School and Pollokshaws Day Nuresry and be built on the football pitches at Tinto Primary.

Number of Primary Schools to close - One; Sir John Maxwell at the end of session 2007/08.

Proposal S

A new school to replace Quarrybrae Primary School. It will accommodate Quarrybrae Primary School Nursery Class and Parkhead Community Nursery and be built on the football pitches north of the existing Quarrybrae Primary.

Number of Primary Schools to close - None.

Proposal T

A new school to replace St Amrose and St Augustine's Primary Schools. It will accommodate Milton Community Nursery and be built on the site of the former St Augustine's Secondary School.

Number of Primary Schools to close - One at the end of session 2007/08.

(The two schools will come together in one new building)

Proposal U

St John's Primary School to close and pupils transferred to St Francis' Primary School.

Oatlands Nursery School will also close and pupils transferred to St Francis' Primary.

Laurieston Day Nursery School will be relocated from St John's Primary to Blackfrairs Primary.

Number of Primary Schools to close - One; St John's at the end of session 2005/2006.

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