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Name chosen for new £18.8million school in Renfrewshire

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The name of the new £18.8million school for children in Renfrewshire with additional support needs has been chosen.

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Riverbrae School in Linwood was selected after a ballot of parents, staff and pupils of the three establishments it will replace – Clippens and Kersland Schools and Hollybush Pre 5 Centre

The name Riverbrae symbolises the location’s natural setting, the convergence of rivers at a central meeting point, and the coming together of the three establishments in a peaceful environment.

Riverbrae was chosen ahead of Middleton, the road on which the new school will be located, and Aranwood, which referred to Aranthrue, an ancient name for Renfrewshire.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “The involvement shown by parents, pupils and staff in selecting the name of the school has been reflected throughout the development of this ambitious project.

“The creation of a distinct identity for the school is another milestone on the road to offering pre 5, primary and secondary education on one site for young people with additional support needs – the first time that will have been available in Renfrewshire.

“We are providing a purpose-built facility which will maximise the potential of children through better accessibility, new equipment, and more opportunities for teaching and learning tailored to the different needs of every child.”

Councillors will be asked to approve the choice of name at a meeting of Renfrewshire Council’s education and Children Policy Board on Thursday March 10.

It was originally hoped that the new school building would open in before the end of the summer term. A number of factors, including adverse weather conditions, have delayed construction and a new timetable of work and opening date are being prepared.