GLASGOW'S most state-of-the-art primary in Yoker has opened its doors to pupils who are thriving in their new environment.

Our sister title the Evening Times took a tour of Clyde Campus as head teachers showed off the facility to education convenor Chris Cunningham.

Clyde Campus has brought together Kelso Nursery and Thirlestane Day Nursery to form Yokerburn Nursery.

The new build, in Yoker, is also home to Garscadden and Yoker primaries, which have merged to become Clyde Primary.

St Brendan's Primary makes up the rest of the site, which opened to pupils earlier this year.

Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills & Early Years, said: "It is a wonderful facility.

"One of the things that always gets me about the older schools is that they tend to be very closed off whereas this is very open.

"Wherever you are standing you can see what's happening and you can see the spaces are being shared by all pupils.

"Older pupils can also be quite intimidating for pupils whereas the pupils here are very settled and enjoying their new space.

"It is much more welcoming for young people, their families and communities and that is what we want for all schools across Glasgow.

"Everyone is still trying to find their feet but I look forward to seeing the school go from strength to strength."

The new building, set over three floors, has 26 classrooms, while each school has its own media library and nurture room with separate staff facilities.

Both schools share a four court multi-purpose gym hall, a drama room and dance studio, a general purpose room, a meeting room and office spaces.

Yokerburn Nursery has two three-to-five rooms, one two-to-three room and a baby room.

Each nursery classroom opens on to an outdoor play space that head teacher Mary Gallagher is well used by pupils who love to be outdoors.

St Brendan's Primary has brought with it some very special additions from the previous school.

One is a stained glass window of St Brendan, which now sits outside the head teacher's office.

The other is a memorial bench for pupil Jack Lang, who died of cancer.

St Brendan's head teacher Maureen Nugent said: "Of course we are delighted with our new school but there is still a sadness at leaving behind our old school where we have many memories.

"It was important to us to bring these items along and bridge the gap between the old and the new.

"I know that Jack's family are especially pleased to know his bench is still with us and he is still being remembered."

Clyde Primary has 336 pupils and St Brendan's 220 pupils while the nursery has 117.

The school's head teacher Anne Taylor said the two schools were getting used to working together with teachers sharing best practice.

She said: "We have a committee meeting regularly to share ideas and talk over any issues.

"It has been a fairly straightforward transition to the new building and the children are settling in to their new classrooms and facilities."

The former St Brendan's Primary is yet to be demolished and bosses are still to finalise a plan for the vacant site.

It should have been turned into a school and community sports pitch by Glasgow Life, but the arm's-length company has since pulled out of the deal.

While under construction, the school was used for filming BBC Scotland drama The Replacement and the entrance hall was where one character plummeted to her death.

This is the final year of the five-year project to rebuild or refurbish every C or D grade primary and nursery school in Glasgow.

When it concludes at the end of this year, £256m will have been spent.

Councillor Greg Hepburn, chairman of City Building, said: “I am proud we have the expertise and skills at City Building to deliver such an impressive new school that will sustain the educational aspirations of our citizen’s children in the future.

"Our workforce is a credit to the city.”