First class - school to get major £8M upgrade

Artist's impression of the upgraded and extended Crookfur Primary
Artist's impression of the upgraded and extended Crookfur Primary

A multi-million pound project to extend and extensively refurbish an East Ren school gets underway this week.

The work will be carried out at Crookfur Primary and Nursery.

Around £8 million will be invested in the Newton Mearns school as part of the Scottish Government’s ‘Schools for the Future’ programme.

The funding boost means Crookfur will have a capacity of 444 pupil places and 90 nursery places when the work is completed. Nursery places will be increased from 50 to 90 for the August 2016 term.

The multi-million pound investment will see pupils and the school community benefit from a multi-use games area, a new entrance at the front of Crookfur which includes improved gym/assembly and dining space, a science/technology room, touchdown learning pods, management and administration space, new windows and roof. Classrooms and other spaces will also be fully refurbished complete with Wi-Fi provision.

East Renfrewshire Director of Education, Mhairi Shaw, said: “This is a major investment and will make Crookfur Primary look and feel like a new school.

“The standard of education at Crookfur is of a high quality and it will be fitting for the children to have a building that matches the excellent work undertaken by them, with the support of their teachers and parents.”

The work will be done in phases and is expected to complete for the August 2017 term.