Renfrewshire Council

The front of Paisley Grammar School

Councillors approve Paisley Grammar School relocation plans

Plans to move Paisley Grammar School to a new-build community campus on the town's Renfrew Road has been approved by councillors.

Councillors at the Education and Children's Services Policy Board on Thursday 21 January 2021 agreed to move the school to land formerly home to Chivas after considering officer's recommendations and the consultation responses from parents, pupils and the wider school community.

The consultation showed an overall support for the proposals.

Officers from Education Scotland also examined the consultation and concluded that the proposal 'has clear educational benefits' and 'the potential to provide a high-quality learning environment'.

The new community campus will move pupils and staff to a modern facility with outdoor areas, state-of-the-art technology, and high-quality media, drama and sports facilities not possible on the current site.

Next steps

Council officers will now start work on developing plans for the site and the school. This will include working on traffic management concerns raised in the consultation. 

The council has also sought specialist advice from architects to determine if it should retain the main office building on the former Chivas site in line with the school campus development. This is part of the preparations for the site. 

It was confirmed in December that Paisley Grammar was one of 25 schools across Scotland to receive funding from the Scottish Government's £1bn Learning Estate Investment Programme, which - along with money already set aside by the council - would help fund the new building.

It is estimated that the earliest a new community campus will be completed is 2025.

A word from our Education Convener

Councillor Jim Paterson said: "Making sure all pupils have the best learning environment possible is a big priority for us. It's clear that the current Paisley Grammar School building isn't able to provide the modern facilities that pupils need, so It is fantastic news that proposals to move the school to a purpose-built new community campus has now been approved. 

"I know many people are incredibly fond of the Paisley Grammar School building and I can assure you that we want the building's heritage to be maintained after it stops functioning as a school.

"I would like to thank everyone who took part in the public consultation last year and can assure you all views expressed have been taken into account."