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Published 11 June 2018

More than £15million is set to be invested in building a new education campus in Renton and extensively refurbishing a primary school in Alexandria.

At the Educational Services Committee this week, a recommendation to appoint a contractor for the new build Renton Primary; Language and Communication Base and Riverside Early Learning and Childcare Centre was approved. 

The committee will also move forward with plans to refurbish St Mary’s Primary School in Alexandria with work planned to begin at both sites before the end of the year.

In addition the committee approved undertaking works to the existing St Martin's Primary in Renton to bring the building up to a grade B condition and ensure that it continues to comply with Health and Safety requirements.

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, said: "As a Council we want to provide the best possible learning experiences for our young people to ensure they achieve and attain all that they are capable of, and the decision by the committee to progress with the new build at Renton and refurbishment at St Mary’s fully support this aim.

“Every parent and carer wants the very best for their children and I appreciate the emotional connection that parents and communities have with their schools. As a committee we have to look at the wider picture and take into account every aspect of any proposal, including, most importantly, the educational benefit any change would have. In this instance we have carefully considered all of the information and that is why we have taken this decision which ensures St Martin’s is maintained.”

Councillor Caroline McAllister, Vice-Convener of Educational Services, added: "These two projects have been long-awaited by pupils, staff, parents and carers at Renton and St Mary’s, and I know this investment is going to significantly enhance the learning experiences of hundreds of children at both schools. We know how passionate everyone our community is about the education and development of our young people and every decision we make as a committee has the best interests of all of our children at its heart.”