The school right into the 21st cen­tury

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Marie added: “The big­gest dif­fer­ence is we now have new tech­nol­ogy all over the school which we didn’t have be­fore in the old build­ing.

“We now have wifi in ev­ery class, which we didn’t have be­fore.”

The school’s new gym hall fea­tures a cush­ioned un­der­lay be­neath the wooden floor­ing, mean­ing there’s less stress on the chil­dren’s joints, and the hall it­self has a re­mov­able rear wall which can be opened up to join in with the dining hall to make for a big­ger area.

One of the most im­pres­sive ar­eas at the new Bankhead is the li­brary area, which al­lows ac­cess to the up­per floor, and is flooded by nat­u­ral light from the clear glass win­dows high above the ground level.

One ma­jor change at Bankhead is the lack of the old court­yard area, one of its most dis­tin­guished and mem­o­rable fea­tures.

Alison said: “I was re­ally fond of that, which is some­thing we don’t have in the new build­ing. It was quite unique in the schools in the area - and I’ve never heard of one with a court­yard area that was a sim­i­lar size. It was a real trea­sure.”

And Marie pointed out: “We’ve still got the same size of school grounds we had be­fore - the land­scap­ing of the grounds will be beau­ti­ful when it’s fin­ished, and we’ll have an­other pedes­trian ac­cess open when that’s all com­pleted.

“We’ve still got 11 class­rooms, the same as we had in the old school, but we now have a gen­eral pur­pose room, and our nurs­ery, which re­mained on site dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the new school, is fan­tas­tic too.”

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil leader, Coun­cil­lor Ed­die McAvoy vis­ited the school last week.

He said: “The new Bankhead Pri­mary School is a mod­ern, bright and inspiring build­ing for pupils to learn in. There is so much space for the chil­dren to learn flex­i­bly and the tech­nol­ogy avail­able in the class­rooms and IT suite is sec­ond to none.

“Bankhead is the 105th brand new pri­mary to be built as part of our £800mil­lion+ Pri­mary Schools Mod­erni­sa­tion Pro­gramme which is some­thing I am ex­tremely proud of. De­spite the very tough eco­nomic cli­mate we face, we have man­aged to con­tinue apace with our schools build­ing pro­gramme to en­sure that all of our chil­dren and young peo­ple can learn in suit­able sur­round­ings to give them the very best start we can.

“I have no doubt at all that Bankhead Pri­mary School will grow from strength to strength in their fan­tas­tic new school.”

State of the art

P6/7 pupils with one of the school’s many CTouch screens

Im­pres­sive

The ex­te­rior of the new Bankhead Pri­mary in Ruther­glen

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