£8.5m school to open in Jan­uary

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

Pupils at St Bride’s Pri­mary School in Cam­bus­lang will re­turn to their new £8.5 mil­lion school early next year.

The orig­i­nal school build­ing closed in June last year, after South La­nark­shire Coun­cil ap­proved the cre­ation of a new build­ing on the site, with the pupils be­ing de­canted to the old Cairns Pri­mary for the re­build.

Be­fore the school was de­mol­ished last Oc­to­ber, the coun­cil planned for the pupils and staff to re­turn to their new home in the spring of this year, but now work is set to be com­pleted ahead of sched­ule.

Lynn Sherry, head of ed­u­ca­tion with re­spon­si­bil­ity for school mod­erni­sa­tion said: “The coun­cil is pleased to con­firm that pupils will move into the new St Bride’s Pri­mary School in Cam­bus­lang ahead of sched­ule on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 29 2015.

“Chil­dren are cur­rently lo­cated in the for­mer St Cadoc’s build­ing whist their new school in Taber­na­cle Street is be­ing built.

“The new St Bride’s, which has been built at a cost of £8.5m, is another flag­ship school in the Cam­bus­lang area as part of the coun­cil’s in­vest­ment in pro­vid­ing high qual­ity and stim­u­lat­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments for chil­dren. The build­ing con­trac­tor Kier have played a ma­jor part in bring­ing this new build in ahead of sched­ule.

“The new school has 12 class­rooms and 50/50 nurs­ery. There is a gym/assem­bly hall, din­ing room, ICT suite, bright and spa­cious gen­eral pur­poses spa­ces spread through­out the build­ing. Ex­ter­nally there is a multi use games area. Staff and chil­dren are look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to their new school in the new year.

“Chil­dren will have three ad­di­tional days hol­i­day at the end of Jan­uary (26-28 Jan­uary) to en­able classes to be ready for their re­turn.”

The school first opened its doors in 1878, and since then, tens of thou­sands of chil­dren have passed through.

But as the years passed, the build­ing was left lag­ging be­hind other schools in the area, which have been revamped by the lo­cal au­thor­ity, prompt­ing the need to re­build it from scratch.

New build­ing The new St Bride’s Pri­mary School in Cam­bus­lang

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