Renfrewshire Council is starting a series of catchment reviews for local primary schools and pre-five centres.
The phased series of reviews is expected to take two years to complete and is linked to the council’s agreed £32.5million investment in the primary and pre-five sector.
That investment will include: an £11m fully refurbished shared campus with extended nursery provision at St John Bosco Primary and Bargarran Primary, both in Erskine, which could open in 2018; a £6m refurbishment of St Anthony’s Primary in Johnstone which would include a relocated Spateston pre5 centre and could open in 2019; a £6m refurbishment of St Paul’s Primary in Foxbar which could open in 2018 and would include a relocated Foxlea pre5 centre, and a new £5.35m replacement school on the site of the current St Fergus Primary which could open in 2017.
The initial catchment reviews will focus on three groups of primary schools – St Fillan’s Primary in Houston and Our Lady of Peace Primary in Linwood; St Anne’s Primary in Erskine and the new St James’ primary schools in Renfrew; and St Fergus’ and St Mary’s primary schools in Paisley.
Those reviews are expected to be completed and proposals brought forward by March 2015.
Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “During the consultation on the schools investment, we made clear to parents that we would come back for further detailed consultation on catchment areas and we are now fulfilling that pledge.
“This is an exciting time for education in Renfrewshire with the massive investment the council is making in schools even in our very difficult funding situation.
“We carried out a lot of work and athered a lot of information in preparing the investment plans and that will help inform the catchment reviews.
“Parents will have plenty time and opportunity to make their views known and we look forward to working with them on the catchment reviews.”
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