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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Education Minister opens £8.3m Dreghorn Primary School

Dreghorn Primary School pupils welcomed some special guests this week as their exciting new £8.3m school was officially opened by Education Minister Michael Russell MSP.

Watch our film clip of the opening of  Dreghorn Primary School

The state-of-the-art building gives its learners the perfect environment for modern teaching – a huge step from their 100-year-old school.

Pupils have been at the very heart of the move to their new school playing an important role in the design of the building.

The new school features many elements which have been introduced specifically to improve important aspects of learning, including:

* High quality wi-fi access providing the ideal base for Curriculum for Excellence
* Hi-tech performance space
* Innovative outdoor learning, including a woodland walk, gardens and play areas
* Support and facilities for children with additional support needs
* Changing pavilion for outdoor sports
* Multi purpose gym and four outdoor activity areas

This flexible design - which boasts 13 classrooms and a dedicated early years class - ensures that pupils benefit from the diversity of quality education delivered.

A key element of the design was 'inclusion'. This has been translated throughout the building both in terms of the autism friendly colour scheme and therapy rooms meeting the needs of young people experiencing communication disorders.

Pupils at primary school are often those who are most aware of environmental issues and the importance of sustainability in all walks of life.

The new school has many features which specifically address environmental issues. Designed with the environment in mind, the new school utilises sustainable features such as rainwater harvesting, carbon dioxide monitoring and air-source heat pumps which minimise the carbon footprint and keep the air in the building fresh and, most importantly, healthy.

Mr Russell said: “I am pleased to be in North Ayrshire for the official opening of the new Dreghorn Primary School.

“This state of the art school will provide a better learning environment for young people, appropriate for delivery of Curriculum for Excellence and is a real credit to the local community.

“Providing the best possible school accommodation is vital to delivering the best possible education and the Scottish Government is committed to moving even more school pupils into quality accommodation by investing in the £1.25bn million Schools for the Future programme.”

Councillor Tony Gurney, Cabinet Member for Education Attainment and Achievement, added: “The new Dreghorn Primary School is an ambitious project that provides facilities to deliver a modern curriculum fit for the 21st century, in line with the Curriculum for Excellence."

“This is a major investment for the village as a whole and has been well supported by the community. Their pride was evident when hundreds lined the streets as the pupils paraded from their old school to the new school last year.

“The pupils, parents and staff are rightly proud of their new school and recognise the positive impact it has already made.

“As well as excellent PE facilities and outdoor learning areas, the school also provides valuable support for children with additional support needs, recognising the need for specialist assistance while understanding that many families want their children to remain in mainstream schools.

“Our ambition is for a supportive, inclusive, and diverse school which, above all, allows our children to be safe, healthy, happy, active and fully prepared for life.”

Charlie Dunn, Regional Managing Director Scotland, at Miller Construction, added: “We are delighted to have delivered this high quality learning environment that will benefit pupils and teachers in Dreghorn for many years to come.

“Throughout the design and construction phases we worked closely with a wide range of stakeholders and we were pleased to have received a national Considerate Constructors Scheme award for our consideration towards the local community, workforce and the environment throughout this project.”

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