Shared school campus plans move forward

Waterfoot Road land  has been earmarked for the proposed joint faith school
Waterfoot Road land has been earmarked for the proposed joint faith school

A formal consultation has begun on plans for a shared faith school campus for East Renfrewshire’s Catholic and Jewish communities.

The £13.6 million primary campus is proposed for Newton Mearns, on land opposite Mearns Castle High School.

ERC has been in talks with leaders of both faiths since October last year, and each community is now said to be in favour of the proposal.

If it goes ahead, the joint school facility will replace East Ren’s existing Jewish primary, Calderwood Lodge (currently based in Newlands, in Glasgow’s catchment area), as well as providing a new, additional Catholic primary to meet ongoing demand.

The schools will have separate entrances and wings, as well as head teachers for each school, although the playground, sports and music facilities will be shared. Kosher catering facilities will also be provided for Calderwood Lodge.

Councillor Elaine Green, convener for education and equalities, now invites East Ren residents to have their say.

She said: “Our informal talks with both communities were very positive, which is why we are going ahead with this consultation.

“I would encourage people to please give us their views. We want to hear what residents think about the proposals so we can deliver what the community needs.”

If the proposal goes ahead, the campus will be ready to open by 2017/18.

Once settled in the new building, Calderwood Lodge pupils will continue to transfer to Mearns Castle High, while the new Catholic primary will feed into St Ninian’s.

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