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Engagement begins over potential shared education and leisure campus in Neilston

Views from community groups to be gathered

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The early stages of community engagement are under way to test the appetite of local residents and groups over the potential to create a shared education and leisure campus in Neilston.

Whilst a suitable site would need to be identified for any possible development, and funding also still required, the campus could include the two local schools, a nursery, sports centre and library. 

Parent Council members from both Neilston Primary and St Thomas' Primary have already met with representatives from the Education Department to hear about the proposals. 

Views from other local community groups and interested parties, including the Catholic Church, will also be gathered as part of this informal process.

This is the first stage in the process to gather opinions from local people as we aim to establish whether there is the appetite within the community for moving forward with this proposal. Whilst funding has still to be secured, we want to be prepared for embarking on this ambitious plan if it is what the community supports. It is important to make it clear that if the two primary schools were co-located on a single campus they would absolutely retain their unique, individual identities and continue to have two separate head teachers. We look forward to hearing the feedback from the community which will help to shape our plans in the coming months.Mhairi Shaw, Director of Education

Any shared facility would retain the individual identities of both schools, although would provide some shared facilities - such as dining areas and meeting spaces.

Following the initial meeting, Parent Councils will now gather the views from the relevant parent forums, before providing this feedback to the Council in September.

All views gathered will help shape any future paper brought before Elected Members for consideration and also inform whether to proceed to a formal consultation, when all residents would be able to make their views known. 

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