New Eastwood high school opens its doors

From left: ERC's education vice-convener Paul O'Kane, head boy Mark Kyle, deputy head girl Maham Ibrar, deputy head boy Robbie Noble, head girl Bianca Deladia, education convener Elaine Green and head teacher Stuart Maxwell.
From left: ERC's education vice-convener Paul O'Kane, head boy Mark Kyle, deputy head girl Maham Ibrar, deputy head boy Robbie Noble, head girl Bianca Deladia, education convener Elaine Green and head teacher Stuart Maxwell.

PUPILS of the new Eastwood high will be able to explore their state-of-the-art surroundings when the school opens its doors for the first time tomorrow (Wednesday).

The £28.9 million facility was built through the government-funded schools for the future programme run by the Scottish Futures Trust, as part of a joint £65m project between East Renfrewshire and Midlothian councils, for two new schools.

A pilot project - saving both councils more than £4m by using the same design team, contractor and suppliers - it will now provide the blueprint for new schools programmes across the country.

Councillor for education and equalities, councillor Elaine Green, said: “This stunning, modern new Eastwood high offers our young people the opportunity to learn in the very best environment and I am sure pupils and parents alike will be as impressed, inspired and thrilled with their new school as we are.

“We are proud to have played our part in the first ever schools for the future project, leading the way in Scotland.”

The purpose-built campus features separate sports facilities, including the Eastwood high sports centre, which can be used by the community outwith school hours - as well as an all-weather pitch with athletics track, games halls, gymnasium and dance studio.

Another all-weather pitch will replace the old school building, and is due for completion by December.

East Renfrewshire council has, meanwhile, adopted the Scottish Futures Trust model for the building of a new Barrhead high school, in collaboration with West Dunbartonshire council - due to open in the August 2015 school session.