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Name of new primary school in Irvine set to be decided.

Posted on 16 Feb 2024

THE official name of Irvine’s new primary school will be decided later this month.

After engaging with the school community and various stakeholders a shortlist of three names has been put forward for the facility at Montgomerie Park.

The three options under consideration are:

  • Belvidere Primary School – Belvidere is the name of a hill within the adjacent Eglinton Park
  • Eglinton Primary School – due to the close proximity of the Eglinton Estate to the new school
  • Montgomerie Park Primary School – the location of the school is within the development of new homes known as Montgomerie Park

At a meeting of Cabinet on February 20, elected members will consider the options before making a final decision.

 Check out the Council’s social media channels to learn of the final choice.

Work on the new school began in May 2023 and is being built to rigorous energy efficiency standards and will comprise 12 classrooms, early learning facilities, a gymnasium incorporating flexible performance areas, and dining facilities along with outdoor learning spaces including a seven-a-side all weather pitch.  

It will accommodate up to 342 pupils, plus an early learning and childcare facility with 32 places for three to five-year-olds, and 15 places for  two-year-olds.

In August 2023, officers from the Cultural and Heritage services were asked to compile a list of potential school names based on the history and landmarks of the local area and a shortlist of three names was selected to allow engagement to take place with project stakeholders.

As well as discussions with the Stakeholders Reference Group – in place as an alternative to a Parent Council – local children from Annick and Lawthorn primary schools also provided input.

Councillor Shaun Macaulay, Cabinet Member for Education and Young People, said: “This is a hugely important moment for the new school and a big responsibility for all the elected members involved.

“We will look at the views of all involved before making our decision. Agreeing a suitable name for the new school is vitally important for the project to allow a number of key decisions to be taken timeously such as school uniform/branding, signage and décor within the building and creating a sense of identity for the new school community.”

As part of the Council’s ambitious net-zero drive, it will be the first ‘Passivhaus’ school in the region. 

Passivhaus Standard delivers buildings which provide a high level of comfort for occupants, while using very little energy for heating and cooling. The new school will use 60-80 per cent less energy than a typical school building, resulting in lower carbon emissions, and lower energy bills