New Kirn Primary School moving forward
Posted on July 01, 2016
This week (Tuesday 28th June) saw the official start of the new Kirn Primary School project. Part of an ambitious investment programme in new schools across Argyll and Bute, the turf cutting event at Kirn is a significant milestone in creating a school fit for the 21st century.
The new Kirn primary is designed for 320 pupils, together with an early years facility with 30 spaces and should take around a year to build, with staff and pupils expected to move into their new school in the autumn of 2017.
The 1881 Victorian building is being retained and refurbished. All of the remaining school buildings will be demolished and replaced by a new two storey school building which will contain all the primary classrooms, library, dining hall and sports hall.
Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, councillor Dick Walsh, said: “We are taking the first step on an exciting new journey for young people in this community – the very first step towards creating a brand new, modern school which will bring so many benefits for our pupils.
“Along with Argyll and Bute Council’s other investments in communities across the whole council area, this new school will make a significant contribution to our overarching ambition of showing that Argyll and Bute is a great place to live, learn, work and do business. Getting it right for all our young people is a key part of that.”
Angus Macfarlane, chief executive of hub North Scotland, said: “This milestone signals the start in construction of the new Kirn Primary School and is exciting for pupils, staff and key stakeholders as the development continues to gather momentum.
“hub North Scotland is committed to working closely with Argyll and Bute Council and other key stakeholders to deliver a school that pupils and staff will be proud of. A first-class educational facility will, on completion, sit in the heart of the village and will bring with it a plethora of new benefits to those who will use it on a daily basis.”
Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney said: “This is an exciting milestone for pupils and staff at Kirn Primary School. The Scottish Government has worked closely with Argyll and Bute Council to help improve its school estate and I’m pleased we could provide £3.9 million in funding towards this project through our Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme. I’m pleased to hear the historic section of the school will be refurbished and complemented with new buildings fit for the 21st century. The new school will provide a modern environment for children to learn in, from the early years right through their primary school education.”