Investing in East Ayrshire Schools

East Ayrshire Council has committed to a £549.480m investment in the communities of East Ayrshire. The updated 10 year Capital Investment Programme provides a framework for Capital Investment whereby projects are aligned to the Council’s asset management aspirations and designed to support the overall objectives of the Community Plan and Transformation Strategy. 

A significant sum, from this major investment, has been allocated to improving the schools’ estate to ensure that our children and young people experience a learning environment that is modern, inspiring and fit for purpose. 

Early years 

On 23 March 2017, the Minister for Childcare and Early Years delivered a key statement to the Scottish Parliament on key elements of the future policy direction, expansion and delivery framework of early learning and childcare (ELC) in Scotland.

The expansion will almost double the number of free hours of ELC entitlement available to parents and carers from 600 hours to 1140 hours by August 2020. In order to deliver this entitlement across the East Ayrshire Council estate a review of provision is required. Any such review will have to reconsider existing projects within the Capital Programme to ensure that any scope of works provides the opportunity to deliver the increase in early years’ hours.

A significant number of projects are being developed

New builds

  • William McIlvanney Campus, Kilmarnock – a merger of Kilmarnock Academy, James Hamilton Academy, New Farm Primary and Early Childhood Centre, Silverwood Primary, 2-18 provision for Gaelic education and flexible facilities for the community. The Scottish Government has awarded additional revenue support for this project
  • The Barony Campus, Cumnock – a merger of Auchinleck Academy, Cumnock Academy and Supported Learning Centre, Barshare Primary, Early Childhood Centre and Supported Learning Centre, Greenmill Primary and Early Childhood Centre, Hillside School and flexible facilities for the community
  • A new build to replace Netherthird Primary School
  • A new build incorporating Bellsbank Primary and Early Childhood Centre and flexible facilities for the community
  • A new build co-locating St Sophia’s Primary School on the site of Galston Primary 




  • Discussions to be initiated for the plans on a new Doon Campus, incorporating Doon Academy and Dallmellington Primary School

A number of projects have already been completed

New builds

Enhanced buildings

Contact Information

Investing in East Ayrshire Schools
Opera House
8 John Finnie Street
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 01563 576702
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