Parents vow to save school

Baldernock Primary
Baldernock Primary

Parents are angry that Baldernock Primary School is facing closure again and have vowed to do everything they can to save the school.

They are disappointed that East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) has revisited this option which they claim is at odds with the spirit of recent legislation and guidance on rural schools which attempts to protect them when possible and cater for rural communities needs.

Chair of Baldernock Primary parent council, Rona Hamilton, said: “It would be easy to be disheartened by this continued struggle, however, this school is worth fighting for.

“It is thriving, with a rising roll of pupils.

“Parents recognise the unique, special environment that it provides, which enables pupils to enjoy an education that is supportive and challenging.

“Persistent threats to its future have done little to dampen enthusiasm for a school which should be celebrated.

“For the council to be trying to close our school when our community is showing signs of regeneration with new families wanting to live and educate their children here is ridiculous.

“Our community wants its school - the majority want it to become a community facility yet nothing has happened.

“The council have ignored the community’s wishes and tried to close the school, again.

“It’s time they support the rural community of Baldernock and the school which is at the heart of the community and support its future.”

Niall Campbell, former chair of Baldernock Primary Parent Council, has been campaigning to save the school for the past six years.

His daughter and son attended the school and, although they have now left, he intends to fight to save the school.

He said: “Baldernock Primary School are up in arms about this.

“They feel betrayed by East Dunbartonshire Council.

“This is the third time in six years that the school faces closure.

“People feel that the 36 recommendations of the commission of delivery of education have not even been implemented and we need a rural regeneration plan.”

Mr Campbell has urged Baldernock Community Council to hold a public meeting as soon as possible to discuss the matter.