Save Robslee Primary
Apologies for lack of updates for the past few weeks – this one has not been easy to write, but we have, quite rightly, had complaints from parents over lack of news. It is a sad state of affairs that the parents have, as yet, had no communication from the Education Department.
Those of you who were at the last meeting will have heard that we have exhausted all the currently available legal avenues open in fighting the closure of Robslee. The Scottish Government do not approve of the closure of Robslee, or wish it to happen, but are powerless under the current flawed legislation to halt it.
The legal advice was that although ERC has a case to answer on several points, they could probably get around them. As the law is relatively new, ours would be a test case. Most worryingly, even if a judicial review overturned the council’s decision, the council would likely appeal, leading to more legal costs. The council have practically unlimited funds to use on legal costs (eg our council tax); we don’t. We could have been looking at costs well in excess of ♀40,000.
It was decided by all those present at that meeting that, for the sake of the future of all our children, we should now focus on making the best out of the situation that our elected Labour councillors have forced upon our children.
A steering committee has been formed, made up of representatives from both parent councils, teachers and management from both schools, and the education department.
Parents on the steering group have requested that the education department and head teachers hold meetings with parents of children in each stage at Robslee to explain what the phased closure means for them and their children; to explain the choices we have to make and to give parents a chance to discuss their thoughts amongst themselves and to directly ask any questions they have.
We hope to have more news on that soon, as well as news on the chance to visit Giffnock Primary. Hopefully after visits to Giffnock we will feel more positive about the future and have clearer ideas about what concerns we would like to see addressed. Expect a survey too, a chance to voice your concerns directly with the education department and the two schools.
A new Robslee parent council website should be ready soon – Robslee Parent Council Website. It’s a bit empty at the moment, but all merger news and information will be on there. We’ll get a Facebook page up for it too. As we have failed to Save Robslee, this website is now a bit defunct….but it won’t be going anywhere just yet.
The only slim hope remaining for Robslee now is a change of guard at the Council Elections next year. We know that the Conservative Group (including our own Ward councillor Gordon Wallace) and the Liberal Democrat representative, Provost Alex Mackie, strongly opposed the Robslee closure.
It is likely that the result at the election will be very close. We do not know if a different coloured Administration would proceed with the Labour and SNP plans to close Robslee, as their election policies have not been revealed. But when they do, we’ll let you know.
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