New facilities for school

Bank backs St Columba’s expansion plan

David GirdwoodSt Columba’s School in Kilmacolm is undertaking a multi-million pound development to upgrade its campus.

The project will see the Inverclyde-based independent double the space of its senior school, installing 13 classrooms to cater for its English and languages faculties and a suite of rooms dedicated to pastoral and careers support.

It will also hold a new library and a selection of landscaped gardens and courtyards for pupil recreation, school functions and outdoor teaching sessions.

Two villas acquired by the school on Kilmacolm’s Gryffe Road will be re-configured by Page Park. They will be surrounded by new single-storey buildings.

The school’s interior will be fitted with the latest in educational technology, including smartboards, recessed speakers and a wi-fi hotspot per classroom. The library will double as a reception venue, through the use of movable bookcases and IT equipment.

Bank of Scotland has provided a development finance package.

Calum Paterson, chairman of St Columba’s board of governors, said: “At St Columba’s, a great deal of effort is made to create an environment that allows us to identify and nurture the talent of each pupil. Therefore, it is very important that we provide the best facilities possible for our pupils and staff.

“This project is about future-proofing our school, putting in place the infrastructure that is needed for St Columba’s to continue as a great place to learn and to teach for many years to come.”

Brian Bovell, business development manager at Bank of Scotland, added: “We are very happy to be supporting such a comprehensive and ambitious programme of renovations. St Columba’s makes a huge contribution to the local community and economy.

“The funding plan we have established will give the school financial flexibility and the confidence to grow in order to continue providing a first-class education to its senior school pupils.”

 Photo: Brian Bovell of Bank of Scotland and David Girdwood, rector of St Columba’s

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