Parents continue fight to save Colquhoun Park Primary School

Colquhoun park Primary school gates mums protesting about possible closure of Colquhoun with banners Dawn Mullen'Photo by Emma Mitchell'18/5/13

Colquhoun park Primary school gates mums protesting about possible closure of Colquhoun with banners Dawn Mullen'Photo by Emma Mitchell'18/5/13

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Parents at Colquhoun Park Primary School in Bearsden are staging a series of protests in a bid to prevent the closure of the school.

Angry mums and dads met at Colquhoun Park Primary School on Monday this week and Asda car park last week to wave banners and make people aware of the plight of the school which is threatened under East Dunbartonshire Council’s primary school improvement programme.

During the recent informal consultation there was a proposal to merge Colquhoun and Westerton Primary School in a new building either on the greenspace behind the town hall and library, on the current Westerton Primary School site on Crarae Avenue or on the Colquhoun school site on Canniesburn Road.

As reported in last week’s paper residents are hopeful that the council has listened to their plea not to build on the greenspace behind the town hall on Maxwell Avenue as alternatives were brought forward - to build on either existing school site which will go to further informal consultation.

The community is pleased that the council seems to have acknowledged the fact that the community overwhelmingly rejected plans to build a combined school/hall and library on the well used village playing fields.

One of the protestors, Dawn Mullen, a parent of two at Colquhoun, said: “We want to get across to people that it’s worth trying to save Colquhoun Primary School as it’s the heart and soul of the community.

“We are confused as to why we are involved in this programme as our recent HMI report was excellent.

“Our teaching methods have been flagged up as exemplary and are being used across the district.

“The school is at full capacity and will be for the next ten years.

“This is meant to be about improving education but we don’t believe these proposals will achieve that - the school is already offering ane xcellent education which will be lost in a merged super-school.

“Class sizes would be bigger and children would no longer have the close relationship with staff that they’ve enjoyed.

“Teachers know the children their hobbies and interests .

“Colquhoun does not have a library or hall so the school is our focal point, without it our community will suffer.”

Head of Education, Gordon Currie, said: “Further informal consultation will consider the alternative option of closing Colquhoun Park and Westerton primary schools, and building a new school on the Westerton site.”