Following communication to Jim Murphy regarding the merger of both schools, a meeting has been confirmed for Friday 30th March. Watch this space.
At long last the new school name has now been confirmed as “Springhill and Auchenback Primary School” a sensible approach by all which recognises both schools. More news to follow regarding uniform changes. Over and above this there has been further progress regarding moving the merger forward. It would be useful for a meeting to take place at either Springhill or both schools to allow parents to be aware of the changes, plans between now and Summer so that questions can be answered, and, how we can all help/play a part in ensuring the merger is a smooth transition for all children & parents. Can we arrange one for after the Easter holidays? Comments welcome.
The departure of Nova Scott is a reflection on East Renfrewshire’s education department complete lack of strategic planing regarding the closure,amalgamation or merger of the two primary schools. (Depends on what message the council is portraying) The council have not taken on board the views and concerns of the parental views, they have allowed indecision to permeate throughout this process. This whole episode should have been concluded a long time ago and this would allow the main focus of making the Childrens’ education to be the main driving force.
Due to lack of leadership and decision making we are now as a school community returned to the uncertainty of 14 months ago. We still do not know the school name, what the uniform will look like, what staff are going to be appointed to the school with no name. How can we attract a quality Headteacher with all the unrest that is currently surrounding this process? How can the authority advertise for a job for a school with no identity, no school community, no parental support or belief in the merger as it currently stands?
What assurances can the authority give parents that each pupil’s education is not going to be affected. Answer is they cannot. Yes they will state that they implemented a successful transition programme. This does not directly include the council as it is the staff that make this process successful. It has been so effective that at this critical stage of the proceedings the Headteacher made a decision to leave her post. The council then makes the decision that as soon as the Headteacher can take up post she can leave her position, without thinking about the information sharing that would be necessary for the new appointee and this decision has been made to the benefit of our children, I really do not think so.
East Renfrewshire council prides itself in having the best council exam results in Scotland and be a leader and sector leading authority. Maybe they could have learned from other authorities on how to manage a closure or merger. In conclusion this debacle clearly is the responsibility of the council and subsequently the education department. They seem to have forgotten their own educational values about having the pupils at the centre of their decision making process and in this election year made a series of political decisions that have impacted two school communities. What impact and how long will it take to repair the fallout from these decisions? Answer ??
Hot on the heels of Nova Scott’s departure, Miss McMillan (P4 Teacher) and Mrs McDuff (Support Assistant) are to leave. Whilst replacements will be sought the frustrations continue for parents as its yet another period of instability for pupils. Miss McMillan an extremely Continue reading