Official name for new Bishopbriggs primary school is unveiled

Bishopbriggs school name unveiled
Bishopbriggs school name unveiled

The votes have been counted and the shortlist of four potential names for a new primary in Bishopbriggs has now been whittled down to one winner.

The new school, which will replace Woodhill and Auchinairn Primaries, is to be known as Thomas Muir Primary, bringing the name of the great Scottish political reformer back into everyday use.

It is being built as part of East Dunbartonshrie Council’s controversial Primary School Improvement Programme (PSIP), with the £12.4m development on the site of the existing Woodhill Primary also providing a replacement Cleddens Learning & Childcare Centre.

The name was picked following a consultation by the interim parent council with both school communities and local Councillors and with input from local historians.

The voting results were as follows:

- Hillview Primary: 110 votes (35 per cent)

- Thomas Muir Primary: 143 (46 per cent)

- Westerhill Primary: 55 votes (17.5 per cent)

- Undecided: 5 votes (1.5 per cent)

The council’s Education Committee recently approved the name.

Vice convener, Councillor Manjinder Shergill said: “Thomas Muir, the father of Western Democracy, who hailed from Bishopbriggs in the 18th century, has long been honoured in the town.

“Until 2006 there was a high school named after him and a Council building also bore his name. This new school is an ideal opportunity to once again recognise the important role he plays in the history of the town.

“Work on the school is progressing well and agreeing a name is a major step forward.”