Glasgow commits to huge school overhaul

April 30th, 2013 Category: Educational Establishments

Glasgow is in the process of rebuilding or refurbishing every primary and nursery school in the city to meet the demands of the 21st century, councillor Stephen Curran has announced.  

Speaking at the formal opening of a new £19 million building at Benview school and nursery campus in Ruchill Park, the executive member for education and young people emphasised Glasgow’s commitment to teaching young people in “buildings fit for the 21st century”.

The new campus has joined together two primary schools, the former Ruchill Autism Unit and Benview Early Years centre, to make a new ‘superschool’, which is equipped with all the mod cons required for 21st century learning. School cleaning is also likely to get a revamp in order to maintain the legacy of the buildings, keeping the city’s educational infrastructure in good shape.

Councillor Curran said: “The school campuses which we have been building across the city over the last few years are having a major impact on the communities they serve.

"You only have to see the delight of pupils, parents and staff to understand why the council has invested so much in recent years in improving school buildings.”

Benview is the last of three new campuses built across the city and is the final part of the council’s new primary school buildings plan. Teachers say the new educational establishment will help create a new sense of community in the area, bringing families together from disparate boroughs.

Susan Quinn, headteacher of St Cuthbert's Primary, told the Evening Times: "The children play together and share part of their learning together so it has become a community school; there have been no difficulties about bringing the children together.”