A PORT school has transformed an office into a safe space for staff to support young people.

The Hub at St Stephen’s High will host a variety of activities such as youth work groups, parent drop-ins, family support and more.

Acting head Alison Fanning officially opened the space after a week of launch events.

Pupils attended a variety of inspirational talks, packed into the hub for a popcorn and movie night, took part in team building activities, enjoyed a live band night and a family breakfast was held.

It's hoped the hub will help pupils deal with school stress in a relaxed environment and aimed at helping them achieve their best.

Kevin O'Donoghue, of St Stephen's High, said: “We want to enhance the positive relationship we already have with pupils and parents and try to provide better outcomes for the children in Port Glasgow.

“We've had a great response from parents and pupils and we're confident that by involving parents and by helping our young people understand and cope with their social and emotional wellbeing we will allow our teachers to focus on delivering excellent teaching and learning and raising attainment in St Stephen's High.”

Provost Martin Brennan, who was at the unveiling, says he is impressed with the pioneering idea.

He told the Tele: “This is something unique and special and I’m very impressed.

“It is such a lovely space, more informal and a place people can relax and communicate.

"Children should be able to speak more freely in the hub and it will enable them to enhance their learning.”

Port councillor Christopher Curley was also glad to see the hub open.

He said: “It is a really nice place, hopefully the pupils will find it relaxing and as a place to develop.

“The pupils can come along whenever and there will be people there to guide them to the appropriate help."