The school right into the 21st century
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
The exterior of the new Bankhead Primary in Rutherglen