The new Kirn Primary School will welcome pupils through its doors for the first time next Thursday morning (2nd November).
The £9 million project is built on the existing site, with the 1881 Victorian building being retained and refurbished. A high quality two storey building now replaces the annexes of the old school, providing bright new classrooms, an atrium and library area, sports hall, main office, general purpose room and separate dining hall.
Outside, the new school has large play areas, including a multi games area with a synthetic surface, an improved pupil and bus drop-off area, and increased parking.
The school took 16 months to complete, during which time staff and pupils were decanted to Dunoon Grammar School for their lessons.
The Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “I am absolutely delighted that Kirn Primary has reached completion and that staff and pupils can now begin to settle into their new surroundings and enjoy all the benefits their new school brings.
“Delivering education services that work for all our children and young people is a key priority and the new Kirn Primary will help to provide these. It will benefit children for years to come and help to ensure that our young people have the best start in life, and are ready to succeed.
“It is a fantastic environment for our children to learn in and provides modern facilities that will benefit generations to come. I wish the staff and pupils at Kirn every happiness and success in their new school." Councillor Gary Mulvaney, the Council's Policy Lead for Strategic Finance and Capital Regeneration, said: "The Kirn project is part of an ambitious investment programme in excess of £70million which will also provide new, high quality schools for children in Campbeltown, Oban and Dunoon.
"It is the council’s ambition to make Argyll and Bute a place people choose to live, learn, work and do business. By providing high quality schools fit for the 21st century we are contributing to this - we are helping our young people to be more motivated, to fulfil their potential and to realise their aspirations. This is a very exciting time for everyone involved.”