Work at the new Largs Campus is progressing well and the new school will have a huge impact when it opens next year.
That was the message this week after North Ayrshire Council’s education team took a tour of the facility earlier this month.
Executive Director (Education and Youth Employment) John Butcher, joined by senior managers, assessed progress at the site just over six months on from the ground-breaking ceremony which officially marked the start of the development.
Work is now a third of the way complete and moving along quickly. The steel frames are in place and the facility, and how it will look when complete, is now starting to take shape.
Speaking after his visit, Mr Butcher said: “It is important that, as a team, we keep up-to-speed with the progress of the new school.
“We were all delighted with what we saw during our latest visit. Six months ago we had the vision, the dream and the designs. That was all very exciting but this recent visit has taken things to a new level and we now have a clearer idea of what the school is going to look like in reality.
“It is going to be a stunning facility. We are creating an environment to bring out the very best in our young people. As the development progresses further we hope to share this with pupils to build up expectation ahead of the opening. “
This new school campus will incorporate a new early years centre, a relocated Largs Academy, a relocated St Mary’s RC Primary School and amalgamated Brisbane and Kelburn Primary schools.
The new campus will also see a further strengthening of the Council’s partnership with sportscotland – the new campus will sit adjacent to their Inverclyde base – providing pupils with access to first-class sporting facilities.
The partnership with sportscotland supports the Council’s vision that North Ayrshire’s young people have every opportunity to attain, achieve and develop the skills necessary to live positive and fulfilling lives.
As well being a great place for children to learn and develop, the campus will become a vibrant and sustainable learning centre for the whole community within and outwith school hours.
The facility will provide an learning environment for 1200 Secondary school pupils, 210 denominational Primary pupils, 610 non-denominational Primary pupils and 100 Early Years places, as well as core leisure and community provision to the surrounding area.