End of the road for special school after appeal rejected

Gadburn Primary
Gadburn Primary

A SPECIAL needs school will close next year after an appeal to save it from the axe was rejected by Scottish ministers.

Parents had hoped they had saved Gadburn School in Barmulloch after the Scottish Government ‘called in’ Glasgow City Council’s decision to close it and move its pupils to a new £300,000 additional learning needs provision at Barmulloch Primary.

However – despite raising concerns about Barmulloch Primary’s falling roll – the Scottish Government decided to back the council’s decision after the local authority told ministers it plans to change the school’s boundary to include Germiston and Provanmill in a bid to keep it open.

The decision has angered parents at Gadburn who claim they have not been told anything about the proposed boundary change.

Sandra Martin, secretary of Gadburn Parent Council, said: “We’re not going to take it lying down.

“There is no evidence that there has been a boundary change. There has to be a consultation for any boundary change and there’s no evidence of this.

“Barmulloch Primary’s roll has fallen dramatically and we have always been concerned that if we move there it will have to close anyway.

“Gadburn is being closed for the sake of four children moving to a £300,00 provision in Barmulloch.”

Parents claim moving their children to a mainstream school will not meet their needs.

They launched a campaign against the closure last year.

Glasgow City Council says a consultation would have to be held into any proposed boundary change.

A spokesperson added: “The Scottish Government has agreed with the council’s decision to close Gadburn and we will be working closely with parents to make sure the individual needs of all children are met.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Following full consideration of all the available information, Scottish ministers concluded that Glasgow City Council had fulfilled their obligations under the 2010 act and therefore granted conditional consent to the closure of Gadburn additional supported learning school in the summer of 2013, subject to conditions, which sought to ensure that suitable transition arrangements were made for the children concerned.”

Gadburn School is scheduled to close in August 2013.

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