World’s first Catholic-Jewish school campus opened in Scotland

Bishop John Keenan (left) and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (right) talk to students at the new school

The world’s first Catholic-Jewish school campus has been opened in Scotland by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Bishop John Keenan.

The joint faith campus in Eastwood’s Newton Mearns, seven miles south-west of Glasgow, comprises St Clare’s Primary School and Calderwood Lodge, respectively providing Catholic and Jewish denominational schooling, alongside a non-denominational nursery class.

The opening, on Wednesday last week, follows a significant £17 million investment to provide the world’s first joint campus with a shared central amphitheatre, outdoor obstacle trails and two sports pitches, among other facilities.

East Renfrewshire Councillor Paul O’Kane said: “It is the shared areas which most excite me. By sharing ideas and knowledge all our pupils at this new joint campus will enjoy an enriched learning environment.”

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