Renfrewshire Council

Dargavel Primary School

Details, dates and timescales for the new school, contingency arrangements, building design and outdoor facilities, visits to the school site, staff recruitment and updates for parents and carers.

The new Dargavel Primary School will be in Dargavel village, a new housing development in Bishopton. The school will be located on Arrochar Drive, just off Barrangary Road in the south section of Dargavel village. 

The address of the new school is Arrochar Drive, Bishopton, PA7 5HP, Renfrewshire.

See a map of where the school and nursery will be [237KB] in Dargavel village.

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Opening dates and timescales

The school is due to open in August 2021.

However, coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown and restrictions have set back the original construction schedule. A recovery plan is in place and the team continue to work towards this plan.

The contractor has confirmed that the following will be ready for the start of term:

  • the ground floor
  • outdoor space, including outdoor learning areas.

The upper floor may not be ready as minor works, such as painting and small fittings, may still be ongoing. Based on current information, we expect the upper floor to be ready a few weeks after school term begins.

We will get an update from the contractor and site developer at the end of May 2021.


Contingency arrangements

Pupils in Primary 1, 2 and 3 will be able to go to Dargavel School from the start of the new term as this area will be completed in time.  

If the upper floor is not completed on time, pupils in Primary 4 to Primary 7 will still go to Bishopton until the October school break. They will work with their new teachers and their fellow classmates who will move over to the new school with them. Children will also wear their new Dargavel uniforms and you won't have to buy two different uniforms.  

We are exploring alternative options that could see our P4 to P7 pupils located in Dargavel Primary School from the start of term. If these options are suitable, we will consult with parents.  

Information for pupils attending or applying to attend Dargavel Primary School


Building design and outdoor facilities

The building will have two floors and be able to accommodate 440 pupils. The ground floor will have eight learning spaces and the upper floor will have six, with a modern open space layout to allow class learning and breakout learning. 

The ground floor will have a dining hall and a combined assembly and gym hall area.

There will be a multi-use games area and a garden area. The games area will be available for community use and will have flood lighting. 

See a plan of the school and groundsĀ  [129KB]

The school is currently being developed by Robertson Construction on behalf of BAE systems.


Visits to the new school site

Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, it is not possible to have site visits at the moment. We will let the parent council know if there can be site visits in the future.

The headteacher will also arrange for parents to visit the school, in line with any coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in place when it opens. 


Staff recruitment

We are currently recruiting for a headteacher at Dargavel Primary School. In the meantime, Gerry Carlton, the headteacher for Auchenlodment, will take up the role of headteacher for Dargavel. He will support parents and staff until we recruit a permanent headteacher. We will let you know when the headteacher, teachers and other school staff are appointed. 

We are also recruiting for a depute headteacher and a principal teacher. We expect interviews to take place near the end of May. Dargavel pupils will be involved in the recruitment process. 

The link education manager for Dargavel Primary School is Laura McAllister.


Updates

We will continue to update this webpage with the latest information, including details of site and building works progress. We will also keep the parent council updated and send text messages with links to this information to parents and carers of children who will attend the school.

Other ways to keep up to date:

If you have any queries, please contact the temporary headteacher Gerry Carlton, who will be based at Bishopton Primary. You can email him at bishoptonenquiries@renfrewshire.gov.uk or call 0300 300 0147.

You can also contact Children's Services at cssupport@renfrewshire.gov.uk or call 0300 300 0170.