Bearsden schools consultation shows divergence amongst communities

Alison Stirling organised a petition to save Westerton primary School and the playing fields. Doreen Milsom with grandaughter Jessica Wilson age 9. Alison Stirling,Karen Mackinnon with daughter Grace 7 and a half months'Photo by Emma Mitchell'12/2/13
Alison Stirling organised a petition to save Westerton primary School and the playing fields. Doreen Milsom with grandaughter Jessica Wilson age 9. Alison Stirling,Karen Mackinnon with daughter Grace 7 and a half months'Photo by Emma Mitchell'12/2/13

The council’s recent informal schools consultation has revealed a divide between the Westerton and Colquhoun Primary communities.

Feedback from the second stage of East Dunbartonshire Council’s informal consultation for the Schools Improvement Programme shows only 13 per cent of the Colquhoun Park Primary community wants a new merged Westerton/Colquhoun school on the current Westerton school site.

However, 51 per cent want a merged school at the current Colquhoun site and two per cent would like a new school at the Westerton Hall site.

Seventy-seven per cent of the Westerton school community would prefer a merged school at the current Westerton Primary site, only four per cent want it to be located at the current Colquhoun site and five per cent want the school to be located at the current Westerton Hall site.

The Save Westerton campaign believes that moving a school affects a whole community, not just the pupils and teachers. A spokesperson said: “The Bearsden West community response was head and shoulders above any of the other school merger reconsultations.”

Gordon Currie, head of East Dunbartonshire Council’s education, said: “Following the further informal consultation held in May of this year, the initial findings have been reported to councillors, the Parent Council Forum and to headteachers. At present, the council is focussed on completion of the statutory consultation process held in May and August of this year.

“Following the completion of that process, the council will continue to consider options to provide the best possible learning environment for all our pupils, both now and in the future.”