Welcome to our website. We hope you enjoy finding out about our school and find the information both interesting and helpful. Mary Russell School was opened in 1969 and is named after Miss Mary Russell, a pioneer of Special Education in the 20th Century.


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Mary Russell School is a non-denominational school catering for boys and girls who require Additional Support.  Stages covered are Primary 1 – S6. The school is made up of a primary, secondary and post 16 department called the Step Unit. The school has an operational capacity of 240 places. Parents should note that the operational capacity of the school may vary dependent on the number of pupils at each stage and the way classes are organised.

The school is situated in the outskirts of Paisley on the South Bank of the White Cart River.  We have fairly extensive grounds including a football/games field, a grassy play area and three paved playgrounds where we have a wide range of outdoor play equipment suited to the ages and abilities of our young people.

The building was opened in 1969 and accommodation comprises of:

  • 18 rooms used as class bases
  • 5 rooms resourced for practical subjects: – Music, Art, Science, Home Economics, ICT and Vocational Base
  • Teachers resource areas and Community/Parents Room
  • A Main Hall, which is the dining area (kitchen attached) and also serves as Assembly Hall and Theatre
  • Gym hall and fitness suite
  • The Health Suite, which has a multi-purpose consulting area, First Aid area, and a Speech and Language Therapy room
  • The Step Unit Extension was purpose built to accommodate pupils aged 16-18 years and was opened by H.R.H. The Princess Royal in 1991



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