THE spotlight will fall on East Dunbartonshire’s primary schools over the coming weeks as the council launches a major consultation exercise.
Parents, headteachers, teachers, young people, trade unions and other interested parties will get their chance to have their say on the future of the district’s primary school estate in a series of workshops which start on Monday (September 3).
A major shake-up of the primary schools is going ahead to tackle falling rolls and modernise them to ensure that they can deliver the Curriculum for Excellence.
The council’s convener of education, Councillor Eric Gotts, has warned that this may result in school closures, amalgamations, refurbishments, new schools and campuses.
According the the council primary schools in East Dunbartonshire are under occupied by 37 per cent and the trend is expected to continue growing to 44 per cent in the future.
Now a series of consultation meetings will take place in Bearsden, Milngavie, Bishopbriggs and Kirkintilloch.
Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said, “We want to hear the views of anyone who is interested in the future of primary schools and give them the opportunity to have their say.
“We agreed back in June 2011 to look at a primary school estate consultation process in 2012 as part of our strategic asset review.
“This is an ideal opportunity for parents, teachers, pupils and others to be involved in a consultation on education provision in our communities.
“Currently in East Dunbartonshire there is an over provision of accommodation in the primary sector, with schools operating significantly under occupancy across the whole estate.
“We are keen to look to the future and provide pupils with excellent school environments that are fit for purpose and cost effective.
“I look forward to the outcomes of the engagement workshops as we want to continue to deliver high quality education which addresses Curriculum for Excellence.”
Public engagement workshops will take place in Douglas Academy, Milngavie, on Monday, September 10, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm and Bearsden Academy, on Wednesday, September 12, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.
The workshops are by invitation only and will cover a range of topics.