PUPILS, parents and teachers have been given a sneak peek inside the new Barrhead High.

These photographs show the £29 million school is close to completion as hundreds of students get set for the first day of the new term on Thursday, August 17.

Proud headteacher Andy Sinclair shared the snaps of the new-look campus as construction workers put the finishing touches to its main communal areas.

The school, which is being passed over to East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) this week, has been decorated in a bright colour scheme and now only requires the addition of a few furnishings.

Among the most impressive sights is the new school library, which aims to provide an inspirational setting for youngsters to learn.

There are also images of one of the new classrooms and the building’s exterior.

After being given a behind-the-scenes look at the new school, in Aurs Road, a delighted Mr Sinclair said: “It was exciting to see things almost completed, with most of the painting finished and most of the classroom furniture now in place.

“The kitchens look ready to serve lunch and the multi-coloured lockers and general paint schemes look very smart – and very Barrhead High.

“They will still have a busy week finishing things off – fitting the remaining furniture, some final painting and cleaning up – but they are confident of being on track.”

The old school building was given a stylish send-off just before the summer break, with former staff and pupils invited along to an open day at which they could reminisce about the past.

And there was also a special party for the current students, who made sure the historic building didn’t fade into oblivion without the proper respects being paid.

Mr Sinclair said: “The old building is a shell now and there is still no phone or internet connection to either the old or new buildings.

“We are moving into a very exciting period and it will be great to take possession of such good facilities.”

Delivered as part of the Scottish Government’s bid to ensure pupils are able to learn in modern, inspirational surroundings, the cost of the new school is being met by ERC and the Scottish Futures Trust.