Mums and dads voice fears at public meeting

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FURIOUS parents are demanding answers over plans to axe a special needs school in Springburn.

Gadburn School is set to close within two years, but mums and dads with children at the Springburn facility claim they have been “left in the dark”.

They fear they will have to find a new special needs school for their kids due to controversial plans to mix the youngsters in with mainstream pupils.

A public meeting was held last Wednesday on the proposals.

Sandra Martin, whose nine-year-old son Kyle attends Gadburn, said: “This is absolutely devastating to us.

“We wanted Gadburn to go to Barmulloch as a school with their own unit and not be mixed in with mainstream.

“But there won’t be a unit now. We received a letter to say that children with additional support needs will continue to receive specialised teaching in small group settings and in mainstream classes as appropriate to their needs.”

Sandra added: “It will be such an upheaval for the children. As far as I’m concerned no-one from Gadburn is going to send their child to Barmulloch. We’re very much in the dark about the plans.”

The meeting takes place in Gadburn School tonight at 7pm.

Bailie Jean McFadden, executive member of education at Glasgow City Council, said: “We have listened to all the concerns of parents and changes to the proposal reflect this. If agreed, closure will not take place until 2013 and parents retain the right to send their child to a stand-alone ASL provision.”