Temporary accommodation is to be located at James McFarlane School in Ardrossan to meet the needs of a projected increase in pupils attending the facility, which caters for young people with severe and complex needs.
Ayrshire Council’s Pre School Assessment Team has identified that 5
children will require a Primary 1 placement at James McFarlane in the
new term beginning in August. A further 3 pupils will begin Primary 1
at Haysholm School in Irvine. None of the existing pupils at the two
schools is expected to leave until 2016.
Earlier this year the
local authority’s SNP administration dropped a controversial plan to
accommodate pupils from James McFarlane and Haysholm within the campus
of a new mainstream secondary school serving the Three Towns.
are this week expected to agree a plan put forward by officials from
the Education department, which will include the hiring of “stand alone
temporary accommodation until the outcome of the strategic review of
Education and Skills is known”.
The temporary accommodation at
James McFarlane School will have set-up costs of around £27,900 with the
weekly hire charge being in the region of £690. The Council also
intends to set-aside £30,000 for internal alterations to the existing
school building. Council papers for this week’s Cabinet meeting state,
“Given the technical complexities of undertaking the required internal
alteration and extension works and the ongoing review of the school
estate, it has been agreed that the most appropriate solution at this
time is to provide additional teaching space via rented modular
accommodation and by undertaking modest internal alterations.
provision of this unit will ease pressure on the existing
accommodation, allow for a more flexible use of the internal spaces to
accommodate the increase in pupil numbers and in turn increase the
overall capacity of the school for now and in future years.”
indicate the proposal has been designed to cause minimum disruption to
pupils and staff, and would be undertaken during the six-week summer
The modular accommodation unit is to be located on
hard-standing ground adjacent to the school’s Sensory Garden and is to
be linked to main building to ensure security and maintain the integrity
of the facility.
The total capital investment required to
implement the proposal at James McFarlane is expected to be around
£57,900. There will also be a revenue outlay of £36,000 per year for
the rental of the modular accommodation.
The headteachers and
Parent Councils of James McFarlane and Haysholm schools are understood
to have been consulted on the Council’s plans.