Bankhead Pri­mary rebuild has brought

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

Pupils and staff have given their thumbs up to the new Bankhead Pri­mary School.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil re­cently took pos­ses­sion of the newly-fin­ished build­ing from con­trac­tors Lend Lease, which cost £8.8mil­lion.

The new Bankhead Pri­mary has 11 class­rooms, the same as the old, but that’s vir­tu­ally where the similarities end.

The im­pres­sive new build­ing has an im­pres­sive IT suite, two gen­eral pur­pose rooms and a range of break out spa­ces.

The new school also has a nurs­ery class for 50 chil­dren (morn­ing and af­ter­noon) plus all the other as­so­ci­ated ac­com­mo­da­tion a nurs­ery re­quires.

The mod­ern cam­pus also has a self con­tained com­mu­nity wing. The school benefits from a sep­a­rate gym and dining hall but th­ese two spa­ces are sep­a­rated by a fold­ing par­ti­tion, which means that the school or com­mu­nity can ben­e­fit from a huge area of over 350 square me­tres for large events.

The old school, which opened in 1935, closed in Jan­uary last year, with pupils be­ing de­canted to the old Spit­tal Pri­mary School build­ing, un­til the new build­ing opened ear­lier this month.

Head teacher Mar­garet Bell said: “We are de­lighted with our new build­ing, as it brings Bankhead Pri­mary right into the 21st cen­tury.

“This is a won­der­ful place for our pupils to come and learn, as we have a per­fect learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, with en­hanced tech­nol­ogy through­out the build­ing.

“Phase two of the build­ing is tak­ing place just now in the play­ground with the build­ing of the MUGA pitch, and the land­scap­ing around the school, which looks like it will be fin­ished by this Au­gust.

“It’s a to­tal con­trast with the old build­ing, which had served its pur­pose and now we move on and look to the fu­ture.”

The Re­former was given a tour of the new build­ing by staff mem­bers Marie Mur­phy and Alison McGhee.

Alison said: “The pupils love it - we’ve had one or two who’ve got lost in the first cou­ple of weeks, but that’s only to be ex­pected.

“By and large, the busi­ness life of the school goes on, as we have moved into our new home - they come in at 9am, and go to their classes, the gym, com­put­ing, and so on.”

Fit for pur­pose

Pri­mary four pupils in the tremen­dous new gym hall at Bankhead Pri­mary

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