New high school for Barrhead

BARRHEAD high school has been approved for replacement as part of a £1.25 billion Scottish government funding scheme.

The secondary school bid was this week announced as one of 67 successful applications for the Scotland’s Schools for the Future initiative.

Parents and community representatives have long campaigned for a new school, but Barrhead narrowly missed out on funding in 2009.

Now, following an application from East Renfrewshire council to the government for financial support – as part of phase three of the school investment scheme – a new Barrhead high could begin construction within 18 months.

ERC education and equalities convener Elaine Green said: 
“The investment will provide improved facilities for around 850 pupils, their parents, staff and community users and is estimated around £22 million. The new building is planned to be open for the August 2015 S1 intake, with work starting on-site early 2014.

“As we know, Barrhead is a town undergoing regeneration, and the new school will greatly benefit the community, in addition to meeting the needs of the young people that attend.

“I am sure we will all look forward to the day in 2015 when we can give the pupils, staff and their parents, facilities that they deserve and have been promised”.

Barrhead is one of 11 of the new government-funded projects marked to begin within 12-18 months, and will follow the completion of Eastwood high — currently under construction — in 2013, as well as the new Isobel Mair school, opened earlier this year.

The school narrowly missed out on Scottish Futures Trust funding in 2009 after being 
given a C rating, falling short of 
Eastwood’s D 
rating, attributed to an old boiler 
and crumbling walls.