Plans for Scotland’s first-ever joint faith school for Catholic and Jewish pupils have received early support from the Catholic Church.
East Renfrewshire Council has set out proposals to build a £9.5 million shared primary school in Newton Mearns, which will replace Calderwood Lodge Primary in Newlands, Glasgow, managed and owned by East Renfrewshire Council — the only Jewish school in Scotland — and ease some of the pressure on St Cadoc’s, currently Newton Mearns’ only Catholic primary school.
Elaine Green, East Renfrewshire Council’s education convener, said there is ‘a pressing need for a second primary school for Catholic faith children in Newton Mearns.’
“Also, our Jewish school community has for some time wanted to relocate to East Renfrewshire, where most of its pupils live,” she said. “That’s why we have decided to carry out this informal consultative exercise with groups of both faiths.
“We are going into this with very positive soundings.”
Fr Thomas Boyle, the Catholic Church’s representative on East Renfrewshire Council’s education committee, said that — having spoken to Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow and Fr David Boyd, Apostolic administrator of Paisley, both of whose dioceses would be included in the new school’s catchment area — a Catholic-Jewish shared campus ‘was the kind of arrangement that made good sense.’
He highlighted, however, that the Church has ‘always been wary of, and has often opposed, shared campus proposals.’
• Full story at the Scottish Catholic Observer.