Children in Prestwick are set to benefit from a new learning campus as South Ayrshire Council continues its commitment to invest in education.
Work to build a new Glenburn Primary School and St Ninian's Primary School as well as a new standalone early learning centre will start in July 2020 with completion in December 2021.
Construction of the new campus which will feature state-of-the-art learning environments, interactive play areas and first class sporting facilities will take place at the Glenburn site. It is the preferred site for the campus, as it's easily large enough to accommodate the new schools and early learning centre as well as the outdoor areas.
As well as having more space, the Glenburn site was also chosen thanks to better access for pedestrians and vehicles.
At an estimated cost of £19.3 million, the innovative campus will feature outdoor classroom facilities, multi-use games halls, social areas for play and even allotments. There will also be fully accessible community spaces which are not present at the existing schools.
Although this will be a joint campus with some shared facilities, each school will retain its own name, identity, staff and pupils, while the new early learning centre will have its own dedicated centre manager.
Safeguarding the identities of both schools was something which was flagged up during the consultation process when parents and carers, children, staff, the Catholic Diocese of Galloway, HM Inspectors, stakeholders and the wider community had their say on the new campus.
Councillor William Grant, Children and Young People Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "This marks another important milestone for South Ayrshire Council, we are not only transforming learning for generations to come but putting schools back at the heart of our communities, ensuring their first rate facilities can be enjoyed by everyone.
"Both Glenburn Primary and St Ninian's Primary have a proud history of learning and this is something which we are not only protecting but enhancing by providing them with the best facilities possible.
"In this situation, a campus-style approach is the best way forward as both existing schools require significant work to secure their future for the next generation.
"Giving children and young people the best learning experience possible is a key ambition and with new schools already making a huge difference in other parts of South Ayrshire, this is Prestwick's turn to benefit."