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Clydeview Academy

A modern secondary school located on a steeply sloping site between Gourock and Greenock in Inverclyde, Clydeview Academy was built as a public-private partnership between 2009-11 at a cost of £23 million. The school represents an amalgamation of the former Gourock High School and Greenock Academy to form a non-denominational secondary school designed by Glasgow-based architects Archial to sit comfortably within the landscape. Wings radiating from a central two-storey social space provide sheltered play areas on a windswept hillside. A colourful facade on the western block includes a brise soleil which shades the classrooms and the school also incorporates a 242-seat assembly hall, sizeable dining room, dedicated music rooms and a large indoor and outdoor sports complex. Despite a stated capacity of 990 pupils, the roll extends to 1133 (2014) and the consequent overcrowding has proven controversial. By the following year, the roll had reduced to 966 pupils. There is a teaching staff of 80.

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