New school plans take a step forward

Lenzie Primary
Lenzie Primary

Plans to build a new primary school are moving forward after councillors agreed to start implementing the proposal.

Lenzie and Lenzie Moss primaries will have a new school built at the current Lenzie Moss site.

The Herald revealed last week that the Scottish Government would not be ‘calling in’ the school decision.

And at the full council meeting on Thursday, an ‘implementation approach’ for the new school was approved.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie has also stressed that there are issues that need to be addressed, including traffic management in the area surrounding the new school.

Councillor Geekie is keen to move forward with the proposals. She said: “I am pleased that we are now in a position to begin working on the establishment of the new school which will be purpose built to provide great educational benefit to the young people within the community.”

She added: “At the same time, I am fully aware that there are some important issues that we still need to address. The traffic management in the area surrounding the new school is of great concern and we will be working very closely with the children, parents and teachers to make sure that issues like these are addressed and that this new school meets the needs of the young people who will be attending the school.”

Some parents launched a campaign against the school merger and urged the Scottish Government to ‘call in’ the decision.

Meanwhile, the Government did decide to ‘call in’ the proposed merger of Auchinairn and Woodhill primaries on the Woodhill site and have asked for further information and discussion.

The implementation approach for the new school in Lenzie includes the following:

The education service takes the strategic lead for the transition of the new school

The Primary School Improvement Programme team develop a detailed transition plan to deliver all non-asset related aspects of the transition

A regular reporting framework is established to provide updates to the Policy and Resource Committee and Education Committee as required.