First Minister will consider parents proposal

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The First Minister has made a commitment to consider a proposal put forward by parents to run threatened St Joseph’s Primary themselves.

Six parents and grandparents from St Joseph’s, Milngavie’s only Catholic school, spent over an hour with the First Minister at the Scottish Government offices, in Glasgow, on Monday. The First Minister said she would meet with them again in the next few weeks.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson also visited Milngavie, on Monday, to meet parents and children from St Joseph’s.

Paula Speirs, whose son attends St Joseph’s, said: “We are all feeling much more optimistic after a really good meeting with the First Minister.

“We were delighted that she spent over an hour with us and that she really seemed to listen. Nicola Sturgeon told us that she would consider our ideas for a community-led school and meet with us again.

“This is just the beginning of the process but the Scottish Government’s willingness to engage with us is a really big step forward. St Joseph’s is a fantastic school supported by a vibrant community in Milngavie.

“We believe that if we all pull together we can give our children the best possible education in their own community.

“All schools in Milngavie play a vital role in our wonderfully diverse community and we want to have the opportunity to keep our community together.”

Gordon Currie, director of East Dunbartonshire Council’s education and children’s services, said: “We have unconditional consent from Scottish Ministers to proceed with plans for a new £9 million denominational school in Bearsden to serve the school communities of St Andrew’s and St Joseph’s.

“This is part of a multi-million pound programme to improve the educational experience of pupils while addressing issues such as under-occupancy.

“Currently St Joseph’s is 64 per cent under-occupied and St Andrew’s is 45 per cent under-occupied.”