Top state school strikes deal with homes builder to fund £1 million sports facility

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A top state school has announced plans for new sports facilities following a deal with a major homes builder.

Jordanhill School says it will invest £1 million in a new sports building – for use by pupils and the community.

The money will come from CALA Homes which is building hundreds of homes at nearby Jordanhill Park.

Jordanhill School.
Jordanhill School will invest money in new sports facilities.

The school’s board had carried out a study into the impact of 400 new homes and families on its doorstep.

A £1.6 million financial contribution has been agreed with the developer.

In return, the school is proposing to change its admissions regulations to include Jordanhill Park.

The school community is being asked for its views ahead of a decision in June.

A spokesman for the school said: “We are extremely grateful to CALA Homes for agreeing to this financial support.

‘Upgrading’

“Our sports building is over 50 years old and is very badly in need of upgrading.

“We believe this development contribution would allow us to do just that.

“In return, we are proposing to revamp our admissions regulations to include Jordanhill Park and the existing List 2 addresses.”

The spokesman added: “If this important decision is given the go ahead, it would allow us to realise a long-held ambition to treat all addresses in our historic area on the same basis.

“It is in the best interests of the school, its future pupils and local residents.

“Meanwhile the current and future generations of pupils and the community could enjoy the significant benefits of the new sporting facilities.”

Cala Homes and Jordanhill
The site of Jordanhill Park was previously Jordanhill campus owned by the University of Strathclyde. Image: CALA Homes.

The school said the sports plans would include a new fitness suite and a total renovation and expansion of its changing rooms.

The facilities, described by the school as “state of the art”, will have “100% access for all community groups given permission to use them”.

The school hopes to take forward the project in 2021.

Currently the school has three lists of applicants: List 1 for children whose permanent residence is a historic designated address; List 2 for children whose permanent residence is a supplementary address; and List 3 for children who live elsewhere.

The board of managers proposes to alter this process by incorporating all existing List 2 addresses into List 1 and adding an agreed list of dwellings from Jordanhill Park.

Comments

The board has invited parents to comment on the outcomes of the review and the proposed changes to the Admissions Regulations. Parents and staff can submit comments and questions up to 29 May.

The board will consider any responses at its meeting on 9 June and make a final decision at that time.

The Jordanhill Park development was fiercely opposed by many local residents, who complained about a loss of local amenity and the impact of increased traffic.

Jordanhill School has a unique status as a mainstream grant-aided school directly funded by the Scottish Government.

The school has the highest percentage of pupils progressing to higher education amongst state schools in Scotland (88% in 2018).

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