A SCHOOL building in the Wee County closed its doors for good last week with staff and children moving to a new campus next term.

St Bernadette's RC Primary last Tuesday, June 25, marked the occasion with mass at the school.

The service included Bishop Stephen Robson, Father Michael Freyne and another nine priests who had served the school and parish.

They saw pupils and families past and present as well as members of staff with parishioners also in attendance.

Those who gathered celebrated 41 years of St Bernadette's at the site and prayed for continued success at the Tullibody South Campus, which will be shared with the town's non-religious Abercromby school.

Mrs Nuala McElroy, headteacher, said: "Celebrating mass with Bishop Stephen, Father Mike and our families was a lovely way to celebrate our past and future as a school.

"We are excited and looking forward to life in the new campus with the staff, children and families that make St Bernadette's the family school that it is."

The new £15m school campus is set to open in August and was built as both the Abercromby and St Bernadette's buildings are considered outdated.

As both facilities would have needed significant repairs to prevent them fall into Category C status, creating a campus with shared but modern facilities was said to be the most cost-effective solution.

The campus will also offer sport and leisure opportunities to the wider community while include a new nursery, which has been named Tulach, Scots for Tullibody, following a vote.