Gaelic Medium Primary Education

Find out how about Gaelic Medium Primary Education and the support we offer.

East Renfrewshire offers Gaelic Medium Primary Education (GMPE) provision at Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Thornliebank. The school welcomed children in Primary 1 from August 2023 and will expand over the coming years.

You can apply for your child to attend GMPE at Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Thornliebank for P1 starting in August 2024. Read our School Admissions page for details on how to apply.

Applications from outside of East Renfrewshire can be made using the Placing Request application process. Information about making a Placing Requests is available on our School Admissions page.

Enquiries about applications should be directed to the Admissions Team on 0141 577 3246 (Option 3 for School Admissions).

For further information about Gaelic Medium Education contact Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Thornliebank on 0141 570 7440 /

2023 Consultation on Establishing GMPS 

The Education Department received a request for an assessment of the need for Gaelic Medium Education in the local authority area on 27 October 2021. The department has now completed a full assessment in line with the  Statutory Guidance on Gaelic Education. (PDF) [513KB] .

The Full Assessment Response recommends that the Education Department department take forward a learning provision for Gaelic Medium Primary Education for the beginning of school session 2023 / 2024.

Read the full assessment response  (PDF) [825KB]  

The final report has now been published:

ERC GPME Consultation Final Report (PDF) [535KB]
ERC GPME Consultation Final Report - Appendices (PDF) [4MB]
ERC GPME Consultation Final Report - Gaelic version (PDF) [242KB]

If you have any questions about the assessment, you can contact the Education Department at

Last modified on 6 December 2023