AN old school library has turned a new leaf thanks to a £25,000 pupil-led transformation.

Children at St Michael's Primary spearheaded the overhaul of their dated book room into a 21st century learning centre, which is now open to parents and carers as well.

P1 pupil Ben Blair, five, won a competition to name the state-of-the-art facility and called it The Arc - a nod to the school's namesake, the archangel Michael - and joined Provost Martin Brennan for the official opening.

The centre, which has stunning views overlooking the River Clyde and beyond, is packed with new books, comfy seating areas, a large screen and a fully-equipped kitchen.

The overhaul was paid for from the school's share of the Scottish Government's pupil equity fund, which aims to help close the attainment gap.

The aim is to use the space to hold events and activities for young people and their parents, such as cooking classes.

Head teacher Colette Wallace said: "It's recognised that family learning and parental engagement improves children's learning at school. "We're in the process of consulting with parents about the type of activities they would like to see here - including learning activities for them as well. "There's been great excitement amongst the children in particular."

The Arc has been over a year in the planning and the pupils were heavily involved in designing the hub, right down to choosing which books go on the shelves.

Prior to the official opening just before the summer holidays, local author Megan Murray held workshops with primaries three and four while children in P1-2 were visited by reading mascot Bookbug.

Mrs Wallace said: "We had a library but it was very old and it was needing a change. "There is now a library space including a family learning area. "It was designed by children on the learner council, who put forward their own ideas of what they wanted it to look like.

"It's been a long time coming to get here but it's been well worth the wait."