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Future non-denominational primary school proposals

Have your say on proposals for non-denominational primary schools in Newton Mearns South.

We have launched a public consultation for interested individuals and groups to have their say on the future of non-denominational primary school provision in Newton Mearns South and the establishment of a new non-denominational primary school and nursery class at Maidenhill.

We are consulting on:

1. The provision of a new 2-stream (i.e. 2 class P1-intake) non-denominational primary school and 120 full time equivalent place nursery class at Maidenhill in Newton Mearns. Specifically the purpose is:

(a) To consult on the proposal to establish a new non-denominational primary school and nursery class at Maidenhill, Newton Mearns South from session 2019-20 and beyond.

(b) The new provision would establish a new non-denominational primary school and thereby expand primary non-denominational provision in Newton Mearns South and establish a new nursery class at the new school.

(c) The existing delineated catchment areas of Kirkhill Primary and Mearns Primary would be reconfigured to establish three delineated catchment areas: a delineated catchment area for the proposed new non-denominational primary school, and revised delineated catchment areas for Kirkhill Primary School and Mearns Primary School. In addition the new non-denominational primary school would be an associated primary to Mearns Castle High School alongside the existing four primary schools, namely Calderwood Lodge, Eaglesham, Kirkhill and part of Mearns Primary delineated catchment area.

Our consultation on these proposals runs from Monday 28 November 2016 to Friday 20 January 2017.

Your comments, views and feedback on our proposal is welcome. You are encouraged to respond using our online consultation; or alternatively a copy of the response pro forma is attached to the full consultation document.

Take part in the consultation

Hard copies of the full consultation document are also be available at the schools affected, local libraries or from either:

Council's Head Office,
Eastwood Park,
Rouken Glen Road,
East Renfrewshire,
G46 6UG
Council Offices,
211 Main Street,
East Renfrewshire,
G78 1SY

For more information about the consultation process including the respective roles and responsibilities of the local authority, Education Scotland and the Scottish Government; in particular how parents / carers can play their part, please download:

Public meetings

We are holding one public meeting and all are welcome to attend. 

This will be held at Mearns Primary School, Newton Mearns at 7pm on Thursday 15 December 2016.

We are also consulting direct with a number of key groups and stakeholders including meetings with all ERC school parent councils.

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