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Bearsden Children’s author Julia Donaldson backs schools campaign

Children's author Julia Donaldson in Milngavie Library. Julia is doing a nationwide tour of
public libraries, highlighting their importance and opposing closure. 
    Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 6th Sept 2012

Children's author Julia Donaldson in Milngavie Library. Julia is doing a nationwide tour of public libraries, highlighting their importance and opposing closure. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 6th Sept 2012

THE author of the children’s book The Gruffalo is the latest celebrity to back the campaign to save Bearsden Primary from the axe.

Bearsden-based children’s writer Julia Donaldson, who is also Britain’s Children’s Laureate, has warned of “a terrible impact” if councillors decide to shut the historic school which celebrated its centenary recently.

Other famous names who have spoken out against closure are Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and singer Darius Campbell - both former pupils. Two of Mrs Donaldson’s sons went to the school.

She said: “I am concerned about the possible closure of Bearsden Primary School, not least for the children, teachers and parents who will be affected, but I also worry for the wider community here.

“Closing the school will have a terrible impact on the amenities at Bearsden Cross, the local shops will no doubt lose trade.“I’m concerned too that there will be more traffic on the already busy roads, with parents driving their children, who might otherwise walk, to and from school.”

Wendy McLaren, from action group Save Bearsden Primary, said: “The high-profile support from past pupils and parents shows how well-thought-of the school is and what a huge impact this proposal could have on the community as a whole.

“Our school is situated in the heart of Bearsden and plays a major role in the life of our vibrant and close-knit community. It has a very healthy and increasing school roll with fantastic and dedicated teachers and support staff, and our children’s attainment levels are above average. We see no educational or social benefit for moving our school from its current site.

“We can’t believe there is only one option being considered for Bearsden Primary. We want the council to stop this consultation and have a proper and meaningful discussion with parents.”

To keep up to date with the campaign go to savebearsdenprimary.com

 

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