City school mergers will create new campuses

A NEW raft of closures and mergers will affect six Glasgow schools.

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City council bosses have agreed to a new school campus on the current St Brendan's Primary site in the North West of the city.

The campus will also include a new St Brendan's Primary.

Following a full consultation, the council's executive committee agreed to close Garscadden and Yoker Primaries and Thirlstane and Kelso nurseries.

A new, non-denominational primary and nursery will be built as part of the campus on the existing St Brendan's site.

The new campus will also include a community facility managed by Glasgow Life.

Members of the public would have weekend and evening access to a dance studio and fitness suite as well as the use of a multi purpose games hall and all-weather pitch.

Councillor Stephen Curran, Executive Member for Education and Young People, said: "The council has invested more than £550million on school buildings over a 10 year period.

"The new school campuses which we have been building across the city over the last few years are having a major impact on the communities they serve.

"Glasgow is committed to teaching young people in buildings fit for the 21st century."

Meanwhile, councillors have also agreed to relocate St Oswald's Secondary school to a new shared campus with St Margaret Mary's Secondary in Castlemilk.

Parents, staff, the church and the local community have been taking part in discussions about the proposed move since the launch of the schools' consultation in May of this year.

The relocation of the school, for pupils with additional support needs, will provide inclusion opportunities for the pupils at both schools.

Mr Curran added: "Our officers have been in discussions with the parent council, parents, and staff for many months about the proposal.

"As well as the formal responses to the consultation, we've been listening to the parents' ideas, opinions, concerns and suggestions as to how we can best meet the needs of all of St Oswald's young people.

"The school, to be relocated to a separate wing and within existing capacity in St Margaret Mary's Secondary, will retain its own identity, but there will now be the opportunity to extend the curriculum for the pupils - something that wasn't possible in their current building."

Officers will continue discussions with parents and families about transition arrangements for each pupil.

The St Oswald's pupils will stay in their own building until June 2014, but will have opportunities to visit to start to get to know their new location before they start there in August 2014.

catriona.stewart@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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