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State of the art school for 21st century Foxbar

The Paisley district's St Paul's Primary School new campus will open in August

Posted by Julian Owen | July 05, 2018 | Bricks & mortar

Staff at St Paul’s Primary School and Foxlea Early Learning and Childcare Centre in Foxbar have been given a sneak preview of their new £8.5 million shared campus. 

The facility will open to pupils and children in the new school year in August, and staff were invited on a tour to familiarise themselves with the new site. 

It was designed by Renfrewshire Council’s Property Services team, following two years of engagement with the school communities, and provides learning environments “fit for modern and flexible teaching”. 

St Paul’s will house 212 pupils, while an integrated communication unit has space for a further 24 at the shared campus, recently handed over by contractors Morrison Construction to Renfrewshire Council. 

Staff and children at St Paul’s were given a say on the new campus colour scheme, choosing the red and grey school colours in the social and reception areas, and pale greens and grey in the learning spaces to provide a calm environment. They also had input into furniture choices and outdoor facilities. 

Head teacher of St Paul’s, Louise Maher, said: “We are especially excited about seeing all our ideas become a reality, as well as looking forward to the next chapter of school life in our wonderful new space. We can’t wait to move in.” 

The campus features outdoor learning spaces, including a canopied area designed for use by smaller groups of pupils to carry out a range of activities, such as science experiments. 

All formal learning spaces link directly to covered outdoor spaces, which, in turn, connect to outdoor play areas. 

There is an all-weather sports surface and a forest area where children can create ‘mud kitchens’ and allotments. 

The building is on a single level and has access to the pitch from the gym, as well as a bike and scooter rack to encourage children to ride to school, and features artwork designed by one of the pupils. 

Renfrewshire Council’s Education Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: “It’s a campus fit for the 21st century, with classrooms which are internet-ready and will accommodate the use of modern teaching aids. 

“With outdoor learning an instrumental part of the school curriculum, pupils also have access to external spaces which allow them to engage with the world around them.”

 

 

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