Parental concern over schools consultation

Campsie View School
Campsie View School

Worried parents have spoken out in defence of two schools which cater for children with learning difficulties in East Dunbartonshire.

The mum of an eight-year-old boy who has severe autism was shocked to discover that East Dunbartonshire Council is starting a consultation soon about Campsie View and Merkland Schools.

Karen Albrow from Milverton Avenue in Bearsden is concerned that this may place both schools at risk of a merger or closure in the future.

She has heard that the council intends to create special units within mainstream schools to replace the schools and cut costs.

Karen’s son Ben has complex learning difficulties and autism and as a result he doesn’t have basic langauage skills.

Karen said: “Ben is very happy at Campsie View and they do a wonderful job with him.

“I’m very worried about this consultation and what it means for the future.”

However, a council spokesperson denied that the consultation is about a proposal to close Campsie View School.

Chief Education Officer, Jacqui MacDonald, said: “We are consulting with staff, parents and pupils on the education currently being provided for children in our special schools.

“This is part of a strategic review of the provision of additional support needs across the authority.

“This is to ensure that we are meeting the needs of these children and delivering the highest standard of education for all our children.”

She added: “This is not a consultation to close Campsie View School.”