New Isobel Mair school opens its doors

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PUPILS, teachers and parents reacted in delight as they were welcomed to the new Isobel Mair school on Monday.

After being housed in three separate campuses once the Clarkston site, the opening of the state-of-the-art building heralds a new beginning for 132 pupils with support needs from across East Renfrewshire.

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The new Isobel Mair School is tailored to the needs of pupils, at a cost of £12.1 million.

Head of the parent council, Graeme Campbell from Newton Mearns has his 11-year-old son William at the school.

Mr Campbell told The Extra: “The school already had fantastic results, and now it is in an amazing facility.

“It is a testament to East Renfrewshire council that in a difficult economic climate, they have chosen to invest in education and our children, as the school badly needed an upgrade”.

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As well as expanded outdoor facilities, the new school also boasts a music room, a hydrotherapy pool and a soft play room.

There is also a life skills centre known as Corrie House where pupils can learn how to live in a supported enviroment.

Headteacher Mari Wallace said: “Having all the pupils together brings a different dimension.

“Previously, outdoor facilities were non existent but now we have an atrium funded by the parent council, a bird watching shed, a sensory garden, a cycle track and a multi-use games area”.

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East Renfrewshire Council’s education convener, Councillor Alan Lafferty, is “incredibly proud to deliver an absolutely top class new Isobel Mair School.

“The previous school was held in great esteem and very highly regarded but was over capacity

“We were determined to provide a school that could match the excellence provided by at the previous school.

“I’m sure everyone who visits the new Isobel Mair school will agree that we’ve delivered a fantastic new resource that will serve our community well in the years to come”.