New campus believed to be world first

Vision of the future: an artists impression of the new campus.
Vision of the future: an artists impression of the new campus.

Work is underway in what is believed to be a world first: a joint Catholic and Jewish schools campus in East Renfrewshire.

When completed, there will be two purpose-built denominational primary schools with provision for a nursery.

Newton Mearns has been chosen as the site for the £18.2 million structure.

While the schools - a replacement for Calderwood Lodge Jewish school and a new Catholic primary - will have seperate entrances, teaching wing and head teachers, there is scope for common space where pupils can mix with one another.

Included in the construction will be an amphitheatre which will be viewed as a flexible meeting place for both sets of kids.

There will also be an interactive space within the centre of the building which will boast ICT facilities, full wi-fi coverage and a number of small and larger group learning areas.

East Renfrewshire’s Director of Education Mhairi Shaw said: “East Renfrewshire is leading the way in providing top-quality, innovative services, shaped by the views of our residents and community partners.

“Our proposal for a faith schools’ joint campus is bold and unique.”

Headteacher of Calderwood Lodge, Marion Carlton, said: “It is a very exciting time for Calderwood Lodge. There is a lot of enthusiasm about the joint faith schools’ campus from our whole school community, parents, pupils and staff and seeing the building work on the new school commence will add to that.”

St Cadoc’s head teacher, Maria McBride, said: “I’m delighted that work is starting on this innovative and exciting joint faith schools’ campus and that our shared vision is becoming a 
reality.”