Plans to build a new high school in Barrhead will boost pupils’ exam chances, claims MSP Stewart Maxwell.
The Paisley-based politician has hailed the news that the town will see its existing quarter-century-old High School replaced with a new campus, with work set to begin within the next year and a half.
The East Renfrewshire project will be one of 67 new schools built across Scotland following the Scottish Government’s decision to splash out £1.25billion from the Scotland’s Schools For The Future fund.
Also included in the list of communities to benefit is neighbouring Renfrewshire, who will be given cash to help build a new £18million special needs school to replace the ageing Kersland School as well as the Hollybush Pre-Five Centre, both in Paisley, and also Linwood’s Clippens School.
But West of Scotland list MSP Mr Maxwell praised the decision to replace Barrhead’s rundown main secondary school.
The SNP man, convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee, said: “I’m delighted the SNP Government has provided funding for Barrhead High School to receive new, more modern facilities.
“This has been made possible by the Government’s allocation of £1.25b for the construction of 67 new schools in every part of Scotland by 2018.
“The Barrhead High School building itself is over 25 years old and I believe the time is right for it to be upgraded to assist in giving our students the best educational environment possible.
“I am also delighted to note that Barrhead High Schools upgrade will be allocated in the first phase of building, which will take place within 12 to 18 months.
“The SNP has already delivered record-low class sizes and lifted thousands of students across Scotland out of sub-standard school accommodation and I firmly believe this demonstrates the SNP’s continued commitment to supporting our students.”