'Unique' combined Jewish/Catholic school campus gets underway
March 25 2016
The £18.2m school will replace the existing Jewish School at Calderwood Lodge as well as playing host to a new Catholic primary school for the area.
East Renfrewshire director of education Mhairi Shaw commented: “From the initial idea we have been consulting with pupils, staff, parents, leaders of both faith communities and the local community and all have helped shaped the plans and designs for this unique schools’ campus.
“It will respect and nurture children’s individual religious faiths while at the same time delivering inspiring spaces for learning, teaching and social integration.
“Each school will have their own distinct areas but the hub proposal, with its radical design, offers a new and innovative approach to learning and teaching.”
Designed by BDP the new campus will adopt segregated entrances for both schools which will also retain their own teaching wings and head teachers. A central ‘amphitheatre’ however will serve as a shared space where children from both communities can mingle.
Both schools will also share a playground as well as art, drama, music, science and sport facilities.
The new school is being built on a site opposite Mearns Castle High and will welcome its first pupils in August 2017.
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