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Funding towards building a new state-of-the-art community campus to replace the existing Paisley Grammar School has been welcomed by Renfrewshire Council’s Education Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson.

The Scottish Government has announced that Paisley Grammar School is one of 25 schools across Scotland to receive funding from phase two of the £1bn Learning Estate Investment Programme.

The committed funding from Scottish Government will be added to committed funding from the council towards building a new school with state-of-the-art technology, enhanced drama, performance, media and learning facilities and high-quality sports and outdoor areas.

Cllr Paterson said: “The announcement of additional funding for a Paisley Grammar Community Campus is very welcome. It’s good to know this funding is available to draw from if councillors approve the relocation proposals.

“Ensuring that all children and young people have the best learning environment possible is vital to ensure every pupil has the facilities and opportunities to reach their potential.”

The former Chivas site on Renfrew Road remains the preferred site to relocate the school. Parents pupils and the wider school community were consulted on proposals to relocate the school to this site in October this year.

Their responses, along with a recommendation to proceed, will go to councillors at the Education and Children’s Services Policy Board for consideration. If they approve the proposals, work will begin to take them forward.

Cllr Paterson added: “Councillors will carefully consider all the responses received from the school community early next year.”

To read the full consultation, visit www.renfrewshire,gov.uk/PaisleyGrammarConsultation on the council’s website.

A group of school pupils from Renfrewshire have donated £700 to Renfrewshire Food Bank after receiving a donation from Paul McCartney.

The group from Paisley Grammar School performed on stage with the Beatles Legend at the SSE Hydro earlier this month, an experience which for many was their first time at a concert of that scale.

The school were given a donation of £1000 after the event and have donated £700 to charity, with the remaining funds going to the school.

Andrew Dickie, Head of Expressive Arts at Paisley Grammar School, said the pupils had worked very hard rehearsing for the show with only a couple of days’ notice and had thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

He said:

“Paul McCartney and all his team were so kind. Many kids had never been to a gig before never mind perform on stage at the Hydro with one of the biggest stars of the century!

“We were so grateful to receive a donation from Sir Paul. We knew we wanted to donate the majority to charity and the pupils chose to support the Food Bank.”

Education and Children’s Services Convenor, Councillor Jim Paterson said:

“I’m so proud of our young people for showcasing Renfrewshire’s talent to such a wide audience. This has been a tremendous way for them to end their school term and I hope our Renfrewshire schools continue to shine throughout 2019.”