East Dunbartonshire’s Primary School Improvement Programme
(PSIP) is the Council’s flagship project. Through this, we will
provide modern schools with an enhanced learning environment that
is designed for Curriculum for Excellence.
In doing this, we can help to give our young learners the best
possible educational start in life and support them to achieve
their full potential.
The Primary School Improvement Programme also
tackles our need to address under-occupancy and ensure our primary
estate is efficient and fit for purpose, ensuring that we are
optimising our budget in a very tight financial climate for public
The quality of East Dunbartonshire’s education
is recognised as being among the best in Scotland. Our ambitious
and exciting Primary School Improvement Programme will help to
ensure that we maintain that record of achievement.
So far, the Primary School Improvement
Programme includes nine local schools – Lairdsland, Woodhill,
Auchinairn, St Agatha’s, St Flannan’s, Lenzie, Lenzie Moss, St
Joseph’s and St Andrew's. These form the £48 million programme
which will provide five new, state-of-the-art buildings.
The new Lairdsland Primary School will open in
April 2015 and is the reference design for all other new-build
schools in the programme. The design has also been
adapted as a reference design for Scotland by the Scottish
We recognise and understand the role our
primary schools have within their local community and therefore the
impact of proposed changes. That’s why consultation, engagement and
working in partnership with the school community are the foundation
of our approach to developing our schools. Sharing,
discussing and developing plans with each individual school
community helps to ensure we meet the needs and aspirations of
schools users, the education service and the local community.
We’re also working to ensure that we maximise
the additional opportunities constructing the new schools can bring
for the local community and economy, as we have done with
Lairdsland in Kirkintilloch. For example the vocational partnership
pilot project has increased employability in the construction
industry for 12 local young people.
I’m delighted with the progress we’re making
and I look forward to working with our communities to deliver these
new schools and see the benefits they will bring to our young
people in action.