Closure plan on hold as rural primary is spared the axe

Baldernock primary'Photo Emma Mitchell'3/7/13

Baldernock primary'Photo Emma Mitchell'3/7/13

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Campaigners are claiming victory in their bid to save a primary school after councillors elected to “defer” a decision on its future.

As part of East Dunbartonshire Council’s review of primary schools it had been suggested that the school would close, with pupils moved to a new building on the site of Torrance Primary.

But, as Baldernock Primary School is classed as a rural school, a final decision was delayed pending recommendations from the Commission for the Delivery of Rural Education.

The Scottish Government has given backing to recommendations, including when and why rural schools can be closed.

Therefore, at a recent council meeting, it was agreed to hold fire on closure.

Baldernock parent Niall Campbell, who has led the campaign against the merger, claimed that the school was now effectively saved from closure.

He said: “The council can, of course, revisit Baldernock’s future at any time in the future.

“However, this is great news and not only for Baldernock, but also for Torrance and Twechar schools, that now have greater protection from this council administration.”

Mr Campbell says he is making a “formal complaint” about the handling of the situation.