The New Kirn Primary School Welcomes Pupils
Posted on November 07, 2017
Delighted pupils arrived at their brand new school for the first time on Thursday 2nd November.
The new Primary School, which has been designed to cater for 320 primary pupils together with capacity for an early years facility, has been delivered in a partnership with Argyll and Bute Council, hub North Scotland and Scottish Futures Trust. It is funded through the Scottish Government’s Schools for the Future programme.
The £9 million project is built on the existing site, with the 1881 Victorian building being retained and refurbished.
A high quality two story building now replaces the annexes of the old school, providing bright new classrooms, an atrium and library area, sports hall, main office, general purpose room and separate dining hall.
Outside, the new school has large play areas, including a multi games area with a synthetic surface, an improved pupil and bus drop-off area, and increased parking.
The school took 16 months to complete, during which time staff and pupils were decanted to Dunoon Grammar School for their lessons.
The Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “I am absolutely delighted that Kirn Primary has reached completion and that staff and pupils can now begin to settle into their new surroundings and enjoy all the benefits their new school brings.
“Delivering education services that work for all our children and young people is a key priority and the new Kirn Primary will help to provide these. It will benefit children for years to come and help to ensure that our young people have the best start in life, and are ready to succeed.
“It is a fantastic environment for our children to learn in and provides modern facilities that will benefit generations to come. I wish the staff and pupils at Kirn every happiness and success in their new school."
Councillor Gary Mulvaney, the Council's Policy Lead for Strategic Finance and Capital Regeneration, said: "The Kirn project is part of an ambitious investment programme in excess of £70million which will also provide new, high quality schools for children in Campbeltown, Oban and Dunoon.
"It is the council’s ambition to make Argyll and Bute a place people choose to live, learn, work and do business. By providing high quality schools fit for the 21st century we are contributing to this - we are helping our young people to be more motivated, to fulfil their potential and to realise their aspirations. This is a very exciting time for everyone involved.”
Hub North Scotland, Chief Executive, Michael Padzinski said “we are delighted that the pupils and teaching staff have an excellent environment to learn and develop in. hub have worked closely with Argyll & Bute Council, Morrison Construction and key stakeholders to create a modern learning facility that will be at the heart of the community for years to come. We hope the pupils and staff enjoy the official opening day next week and the school going forward.”