Stirling Council to invest £23 million for new Callander Primary School

Stirling Council has approved funding of more than £23 million to deliver a new state-of-the-art primary school in Callander.

Exterior of Callander Primary School
Exterior of the current Callander Primary School

The development site for the proposed new school will sit adjacent to Callander Nursery, McLaren High School and McLaren Leisure Centre, creating a new Callander Community Campus. Funding for the project was approved as part of Stirling Council’s capital investment programme at March’s budget setting meeting.

Following approval to begin the procurement process of a design and build contract at April’s Children and Young People Committee meeting, the Council is expected to make an imminent planning application for the new school. Should this be successful it is hoped work will begin on the facility in early 2024 with the building to be open for the beginning of term in August 2025.

The Council is still seeking feedback and opinions on the proposed new Callander Primary School via the Engage Stirling platform where more information on the community campus is available.

'A modern learning and teaching facility'

Children and Young People Convener, Cllr Danny Gibson said: “This major investment for a new primary school in Callander underlines Stirling Council’s commitment to invest in its education infrastructure and ensure our children and young people can achieve their potential.

“The project will deliver a modern learning and teaching facility in Callander that neighbours Callander Nursery, McLaren High and McLaren Leisure Centre, providing greater integration for pupils, families and the local community.

“We look forward to engaging with pupils, parents, the wider community and other stakeholders to support our delivery of a high-quality primary school that meets the needs of young people in the area for many years to come.”

The initial public consultation on the Callander Community Campus project remains open on the Engage Stirling online platform until Friday 9 June.