Questions asked about secondary education

Baldernock Primary
Baldernock Primary

Parents have raised concerns about the fact that pupils will be sent to different secondary schools if Baldernock and Torrance primaries are merged.

They have been told that pupils who currently attend Baldernock Primary School will still go to Douglas Academy in Milngavie, with the current Torrance pupils going to Boclair Academy in Bearsden, and that this would continue.

However, this means the pupils will be split up when they start for secondary education.

Parents of children at Baldernock Primary are concerned that while many of them want their children to go to Douglas, it will involve classes and friends being separated, which will make the transition more difficult.

They are also worried about how this would be worked out as the Baldernock area covers parts of G62 (Milngavie) and the G64 (Torrance) postcode.

Rona Hamilton, chair of Baldernock Parent Council, said: “ We were told that there would be no change in the catchment area for secondary schools, but there is little trust in East Dunbartonshire Council given our past experience.

“If the council wanted to change it they would take it to a statutory consultation which would be easy enough to do.”

Gordon Currie, East Dunbartonshire Council’s director of education and children’s services, told the Herald: “The council has not identified any preferred proposal about the future of Baldernock Primary School. We are in the midst of a consultation process during which we are considering all options for the future of education in Baldernock, and we have asked interested parties to put forward their own proposals for discussion.

“Since the first workshop we have been developing the information gathered and will discuss this further at the next meeting.”

East Dunbartonshire Council is currently holding workshops to provide information to parents and residents about the proposal and to consider other options and give the community an opportunity to comment and discuss.

The next events are on February 18 and March 25 at 6.30pm in Baldernock Primary School.