EDUCATION bosses have finalised opening dates for three primary schools being transformed under a massive £270m council investment.

The brand new £9.2m St Ninian’s in Gourock, pictured, is progressing well alongside the £5m refurbishment of Moorfoot Primary and the £3.8m overhaul of Lady Alice Primary in Greenock.

Pupils and teachers will move in at Moorfoot on June 4 and the entry date for both St Ninian’s and Lady Alice will be August 20.

Officials say both the Moorfoot and Lady Alice projects have been slightly delayed after contractors ran into ‘unforeseen issues on site’, while work was also hampered by the recent bad weather.

A fourth school – St Mary’s Primary in Greenock — will decant into the former Sacred Heart Primary building in Larkfield ahead of a £6m revamp.

The delay at Moorfoot — which is currently based at Sacred Heart — has had a knock-on effect for St Mary’s, who are due to move in there temporarily.

Education convener Councillor Jim Clocherty said: “We are approaching completion of our ambitious and comprehensive programme to rebuild and renew all of Inverclyde’s schools by 2020.

“These are some of the last major projects currently under way and I am delighted parents and carers can now start to plan and look forward in earnest.”

Cllr Clocherty added: “These are major construction projects which taken one by one would be challenging.

“Having three running alongside each other, it is not a huge surprise that we have run into slight delays.

“We will continue to work closely with the contractors and schools and keep parents/carers updated while the schools are being completed.

“It will be definitely be worth the wait.”