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World-first £17m joint faith campus opens its doors

A world-first school facility, which brings together the Catholic and Jewish faiths on one campus, has opened its doors to pupils.

walking pic - teachers and pupils

The £17m faith schools' joint campus in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, is now home to two primary schools, St Clare's Primary and Calderwood Lodge, and a non-denominational nursery class.

East Renfrewshire Council has delivered this innovative joint campus to provide the required increased provision of Catholic education in the area and also to relocate the current Calderwood Lodge from its previous base in Newlands, Glasgow.

The new facilities are part of a wider multi-million pound investment in the council's school estate to improve services for our youngest residents and communities.

A new £30m Barrhead High is also now complete and will welcome pupils for the first time today (Thursday).

We are committed to delivering the very best education for all our children and young people, so I am delighted to see these new facilities now open. While both St Clare's and Calderwood Lodge will undoubtedly benefit from the fantastic individual learning environments, it is the shared areas which most excite me. By sharing ideas and knowledge all our pupils at this new joint campus will enjoy an enriched learning environment. The new Barrhead High is wonderful and gives the pupils a school to be proud of. I'm sure it will support our staff to continue providing all our pupils with excellent, well-rounded experiences which in turn will improve attainment levels across the board.
- Councillor Paul O'Kane, Convener for Education and Equalities

The faith schools' joint campus includes impressive features such as a shared central amphitheatre and outdoor obstacle trails.

Two sports pitches, first-class ICT facilities, art, science, music and drama areas are also included in this innovative facility.

Barrhead High, which was part of the Scottish Futures Trust programme, was delivered in partnership with hub West Scotland, the council's development partner.

It replaces the previous building, which had been in use for 46 years, and has been built on a site next to the old school.

Pupils will now enjoy modern teaching spaces, an impressive library and state-of-the-art science labs, performance and sports spaces.

This significant investment in our school estate has delivered facilities which will provide for our young people for many years to come. The work of the design and project teams to deliver these projects to such a high standard is to be commended. All pupils, staff, parents and wider school communities will benefit hugely from these impressive facilities.
- Councillor Alan Lafferty, Convener for Environment

Also completed over the summer holidays was an £9m extension and upgrade at Crookfur Primary and Nursery to improve the facilities available at the school.  This new facility also has impressive indoor and outdoor facilities, and is a major refurbishment and modernisation of the school.

East Renfrewshire pupils at Calderwood Lodge will continue to transfer to Mearns Castle High School, their current associated high school, and St Clare's Primary will be associated with St Ninian's High School.

Faith schools' joint campus - fast facts

  • Tonnes of concrete used - 4,593
  • Metres of wires - 50,000
  • Number of toilets installed - 54
  • Number of plug points installed - 1600
  • Number of bricks used - 7800
  • Hours of work - 270,000
  • Number of staff on build - Average 90 per day

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Barrhead High - fast facts

  • Tonnes of concrete used - 12,000
  • Metres of wires - 45, 000
  • Number of toilets installed - 70
  • Number of plug points installed 2000
  • Number of bricks used - 8000
  • Hours of work - 3,285,000

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