Renfrewshire Council Must Follow Legal Standards

The re-organisation of school estates in Renfrewshire was discussed in the Scottish Parliament this week.  The Cabinet Secretary for education, Mike Russell MSP, was questioned by Paisley’s MSP about the proper process that should be followed when local authorities are reviewing educational facilities.

george-abbeyAfter questioning the Cabinet secretary George said;

‘It is essential that full scrutiny and all relevant statutory processes are followed when reviewing local authorities educational estates.  The Cabinet Secretary agreed with me and I have voiced my concerns on the record in Parliament about what is happening within Renfrewshire Council.

‘The review and council consultation being undertaken by Labour in Renfrewshire must ensure that correct procedures are adhered to.  This is not only to ensure that parents and the children have full confidence in any of the proposed changes but to ensure that legal challenges do not emerge.

‘The information that I have had to gather myself from the council has raised some questions.

‘There are claims that shutting a school and moving the pupils to another school is not actually a school closure.

‘There are also concerns that the pupils being moved in to an existing school is not the model of shared campuses that we know.  Here in Renfrewshire purpose built schools were built to house shared campuses, differing educational facilities with other shared aspects.

‘These concerns are troubling.

‘We must ensure that any consultation is a real consultation, I would advise every parent to follow what is happening to their school, do not get caught out by changes that surprise you when the consultation process ends.’

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Council Leader praises Paisley school’s money saving scheme

Renfrewshire Council’s Leader paid a recent visit to a Paisley school to see first-hand how pupils are turning their money saving ideas into a scheme that will benefit pupils.

Councillor Mark Macmillan was so impressed by the credit union being set up by Brediland Primary School that he’s urging Renfrewshire residents to take a leaf out of the pupil’s book joining a local credit union themselves.


The scheme has been set up by the Paisley school and sees young children taking the role of junior bankers as well as saving their own cash.

Councillor Macmillan said: “This is a fantastic way to encourage children to take a responsible approach to money issues. This scheme is giving pupils the right skills and attitude to deal with finances and these are valuable lessons that will hopefully stay with them for life.

“I completely value the role that credit unions play in our community – especially during these tough times by encouraging saving and ensuring access to affordable credit rates.

“My congratulations go to Brediland Primary school for showing an entrepreneurial spirit and taking forward the important issue of financial education. I hope the school’s enthusiasm spills over into the community and I’d urge all local people to consider joining a local credit union.”

Marie-Claire Temple, Head Teacher of Brediland Primary, said: “The Credit Union is run by children for children and is a very worthwhile initiative, which encourages young people to save in a safe way, and fosters in them desirable habits for their future lives.

“Credit unions help families and communities avoid the problems of debt and financial exclusion. In Brediland, we are developing our children’s financial capabilities using our pupil-run credit union, by teaching experiences and outcomes within Curriculum for Excellence and making connections across learning.”

The children are currently undergoing training for the launch of the Brediland Credit Union on Wednesday 11th September.

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Gallowhill residents and school pupils team up for history project

Gallowhill generations team up for history project

Residents of Gallowhill have bridged the generation gap to put their minds together and document local social history.

P7 kids from Gallowhill Primary School teamed up with older residents of the area’s Glencairn Court flats for a social history project about ‘old Paisley’.

The project is part of wider housing regeneration activity in Gallowhill – with Renfrewshire Council investing £6million to transform the multi-storey flats at Gallowhill Court and Glencairn Court as part of a housing investment programme. A new system of choice-based letting has also been successfully piloted in the same blocks.

Gallowhill residents and school pupils team up for history project

With the pupils using their research skills and the elderly residents sharing their memories of life in Paisley in the 1950s, a wealth of information about the area’s social history was uncovered.

The project was supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Libraries staff, who showed the pupils and residents how to research the topic using some of the online resources available and supplied iPads to help facilitate this research.

Two ‘memory boards’, titled “Gallowhill and Paisley Generations” and displaying images of some of the information gathered, were presented to the school in recognition of the pupils’ work.

Smaller versions of the boards will be displayed in the new social space in Glencairn Court due to be completed next year.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Renfrewshire Council’s housing convener, said: “This was a tremendous project which brought together Gallowhill residents, young and old, to learn from each other.”

“The work we’re doing to provide modern, energy-efficient homes for our Gallowhill tenants is contributing greatly to overall regeneration of the area. Our older residents will have seen a lot of changes over the years and by sharing their memories with our children, they help build the community spirit that means so much to the area.”

School head teacher Sheila Hood said: “Working with the residents was a very rewarding experience. It’s certainly one that will be remembered due to the wonderful memory board created at the end.”

Pupil Matthew Baldwin said: “The residents were very friendly. They gave us information on the past and we showed them how to use iPads. I found it very interesting.”

His schoolmate Chloe Shields added: “It changed my view on Gallowhill because I now know what life used to be like. I had a fantastic time working with the residents of Glencairn Court.”