Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Children Policy Board, has joined staff and pupils at a sod-cutting ceremony on the grounds of the new St Fergus’ Primary, which is being built next to the existing school building on Blackstoun Road, Paisley.

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The work is part of Renfrewshire Council’s massive £52million investment programme to improve local primary schools, and pre-5 and additional support needs education.

The single story building will accommodate 175 pupils and is scheduled to open in spring 2017.

The new school will feature a mix of formal and informal teaching spaces along with opportunities for outdoor learning.

The new St Fergus’ Primary has been jointly funded by Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of the council’s Education and Children Policy Board, said: “Our overall aim for our school investment programme is to give children the best environment to learn and develop.

“That will certainly be the case with the new St Fergus’ Primary.

“Speaking to staff, pupils and the wider school community, there is a real sense of excitement at the possibilities that will be made available through a new learning environment.”

Minister for Learning Alasdair Allan said: “We are working hard to improve educational standards across Scotland, to make sure every child has the ability to achieve their potential. Part of that is ensuring children have the right physical environment to learn in, and I’m delighted to see work is now beginning on this state of the art school.

“Not only will this new school give children new opportunities to learn in different ways, but the construction of a new, modern building will bring benefits to the whole community.”