Renfrewshire Council

Riverbrae January

Education chiefs view progress on state-of-the-art £18million school

Education chiefs in Renfrewshire have been viewing progress on a new state of the art £18.8milllion school which will transform the learning opportunities available to children with additional support needs.

Riverbrae School in Linwood will open in August replacing Clippens and Kersland Schools and Hollybush Pre 5 Centre.

For the first time in Renfrewshire, pre-5, primary and secondary education for children with additional support needs will be available in one facility.

The purpose-built facility will offer improved accessibility for pupils with physical or sensory difficulties, along with better access to sports facilities and IT equipment.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council's Education Policy Board, recently visited the new facility along with Councillor Maureen Sharkey, the Board's Depute Convener.

Catherine Gilius, who is the head teacher of Riverbrae, gave the visitors an advance look at some of the new facilities and outlined how they will enable an improved approach to educational and personal development throughout their school career.

Councillor Henry said:  "There's still a bit of work to complete, including the fitting out of the classrooms.

"You can clearly see the potential in the facilities, backed by the knowledge and commitment of the staff that will maximise the potential of all the young people that will learn here."

Councillor Sharkey said:  "It was very encouraging to see the final phase of this an ambitious and innovative project which will make a lasting difference to the lives of the young people and their parents.

"This council has prioritised investing in education and boosting opportunity for all and Riverbrae is an outstanding example of that."

Riverbrae School has been jointly funded by Renfrewshire Council (£10.1m) and the Scottish Futures Trust (£8.7m).

Published 21/02/17