New Gaelic school to receive £800,000 funding from government

A new Gaelic school in Glasgow will receive £800,000 investment from the Scottish Government.

On Thursday the government announced the funding pledge for the Gaelic Medium Education Primary, which will be part of the Glendale Campus in Pollokshields.

The new school will become the second facility of its kind after its first Gaelic school opened in Berkley Street, Woodside, in August 2006.

Minister for Learning Alastair Allan said: "The continued increase in demand for Gaelic Medium Education in Glasgow clearly demonstrates that parents are not only recognising the impressive learning benefits that come with a bilingual education, but that we are securing a sustainable and vibrant future for the language in future generations.

"I am delighted to announce this latest funding and look forward to work beginning on the school to create an environment that will inspire pupils and school staff throughout their time there."

Councillor Stephen Curran, Glasgow City Council’s executive member for education, added: "This money is very welcome. Along with investment from Glasgow City Council the provision will create opportunities for over 200 Gaelic speaking pupils and the new school will help provide progression for teachers in GME by extending their prospects in the city and alleviate the pressure on the Woodside campus."