The head teacher of Falkirk’s newest school is determined to make it the heart of the community.
St Bernadette’s Primary School in the Antonshill area of Stenhousemuir opened last month and currently has over 100 pupils enrolled.
Opened to ease overcrowding in other RC schools in the area, particularly St Francis in Falkirk, the facility offers all the latest gadgets and was designed with the Curriculum for Excellence in mind.
Head teacher Cathy Quinn took the role after previously holding the same position at Sacred Heart Primary in Grangemouth and says it’s her most challenging but fulfilling job to date.
She said: “I couldn’t turn down the position, it’s just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead a school from the very beginning. I was the very first member of staff recruited and so I got to sit in on interviews and help select all the staff and teachers and also got a say on the education materials bought.
“It’s an incredible opportunity but also a huge responsibility, if anything goes wrong there is no previous head teacher to blame!”
Cathy is determined to make sure the school, which was built on parkland, is an asset to the local community after controversy surrounding the development. There was opposition from some residents, worried about the loss of green space and the anti-social problems schools can bring. However, to date the school has received minimal complaints.
She said: “The only complaints we had was a blip with the alarm which meant it went off. But that is it, we have ensured there are plenty of car parking spaces and we want the community to interact with the school.
“There is a community room for locals to use, our games hall can be hired and I am currently in discussions so we can open up the MUGA pitch at night so children can use it.
“We are proud of the school, it really is a beautifully designed building, and we want it to be a real community asset - the true heart of the local area.”
St Bernadette’s is holding an open day for local residents on Tuesday, November 6 from 6-7 p.m. to give them the chance to look around the facility.