Survey reports for 117 schools on the 4Rs schools’ estate programme have now been published on the council website, including St Conval’s Primary School and Eastwood Nursery School.
The first 59 schools and nurseries to benefit from the five year, £250 million refurbishment initiative were announced in March and the first tranche of work was started during the spring holidays in April.
So far, 23 buildings have benefited from investment and the programme for the next phase refurbishment is currently being developed.
Work is progressing well and the schools which are due to benefit from investment during the summer are being identified, work packages agreed and will be announced in due course.
Headteachers of schools where work will be carried out over the summer holidays will be contacted direct by a member of the 4Rs project team to let them know key dates and what they need to do before the end of term.
State of the art fire alarms have also been commissioned in 35 schools, and work in two schools already complete.
The majority of work agreed to date concentrates on new roofs and external works. Three major re-roofs are currently on-site and several more approved and ready to start in the near future.
The Council’s Executive Committee this week takes forward Glasgow Labour’s manifesto commitment to refurbish or rebuild local schools across the city.
This follows last month’s Executive Committee agreeing £5million for enabling this work, along with principles for the next phase of investment based on its key challenges:
- Right Schools – standards and quality
- Right Size – meeting changing demographic demand
- Right Place – serving the local community
- Right Time – phasing and prioritisation
When the Pre-12 strategy was launched in 2004, it was described as The New 3Rs for Glasgow: Relocation, Reinvestment and Regeneration. For the next phase of investment, the 2012-17 education estate strategy is being described as 4Rs for Glasgow: Right Schools, Right Size, Right Place, Right Time.
Current enabling work includes more detailed condition surveys than the initial baseline assessments concluded in October. The first investment proposals will be prepared in January following conclusion of those condition surveys. All Councillors meet on Thursday 7 February to finalise the 2013-14 budget and agree a programme of major refurbishment in our schools from April 2013.
Labour’s pledge, confirmed at full Council in June by the Council Leader, is to improve not only primary schools but all buildings across the education estate including early years nurseries and additional support for learning schools, investing for all Glasgow’s young people.
In Newlands/Auldburn ward, the following new campuses were built over the past decade after merging a number of local primary schools and nurseries:
Hillpark Secondary benefited from significant improvement over ten years ago and the school is maintained to a high standard. It is also home to the Autism Unit, supporting pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorders who continue to attend the mainstream secondary.
St Conval’s Primary School, Our Lady of the Annunciation Primary School and Eastwood Nursery School are the remaining local buildings in Newlands/Auldburn ward being assessed for refurbishment.