The new £30 million Barrhead High, in East Renfrewshire, has been officially opened with a grand ceremony.

Councillor Paul O’Kane, East Renfrewshire Council’s convener for education, unveiled a commemorative plaque as the school’s choir and band performed for invited guests, including local politicians, on Thursday.

The state-of-the-art school, which was part of the Scottish Futures Trust programme, was delivered by East Renfrewshire Council in partnership with hub West Scotland, the council's development partner.

It replaces the previous building, which had been in use for 46 years, and has been built on a site next to the old school.

Councillor O’Kane described it as “an absolute privilege” to perform the official opening for the “wonderful” new Barrhead High.

He added: “We are committed to delivering the very best education for all our children and young people and the state-of-the-art facilities now available at Barrhead High will certainly provide fabulous learning opportunities for all its pupils.

“It is, without doubt, a school the pupils will be proud to be a part of and will provide a springboard for continuing to raise attainment levels across the board.”

Barrhead High - Fast Facts

  • Tonnes of concrete used - 12,000
  • Metres of wires - 45, 000
  • Number of toilets installed - 70
  • Number of plug points installed - 2,000
  • Number of bricks used - 8000
  • Hours of work - 3,285,000
  • Number of staff on build - 2,200 (onsite)