Two Glasgow primary schools to be merged into 'inclusive campus'

St Stephen's Primary and St Kevin’s Primary for additional support needs to merge in October.

St Stephen’s and St Kevin’s primary schools in Glasgow to be merged Glasgow City Council

Two Glasgow primary schools are to merge into one “inclusive campus” after long-mooted plans were approved by the city council.

Pupils at St Stephen’s Primary and St Kevin’s Primary for additional support needs will join together under one roof at the Sighthill Campus later this year.

The institutions have both operated from the facility since November 2019 when a consultation on the amalgamation was initially launched.

A decision was delayed last year following concerns from parents of students at St Kevin’s over the meeting of their children’s requirements.

However the merger was approved at a meeting of Glasgow City Council on June 22, meaning the schools will now join forces in October.

A new name for the school is set to be decided “in the near future”.

Education convener, councillor Christina Cannon, said the move would add to the “inclusive ethos” cultivated at the school since the Sighthill Campus opened.

She added: “The headteacher who leads both schools, has been working with parents of the schools since they moved into their new school building in November 2019 to gather views on whether it would be best for both schools to merge with the appropriate supports in place.

“This has included reassurance to St Kevin’s parents that if the proposal to merge is agreed, their child’s individual additional support needs will continue to be met in the same way as before and where beneficial, alongside their mainstream peers and with the correct specialist help.

“Both schools already adopt a very inclusive ethos with families of both schools deciding to wear the same uniform since the move to help foster and nurture a close school community learning and playing together under the one roof.

“This is a lovely story that supports Glasgow’s vision for inclusion.”

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