Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Moray councillor claims parents given ‘two days notice’ of meeting to discuss future of school

Picture from 2014. A previous attempt to mothball Crossroads Primary School was met with stiff opposition from the community. Picture by David Whittaker-Smith.
Picture from 2014. A previous attempt to mothball Crossroads Primary School was met with stiff opposition from the community. Picture by David Whittaker-Smith.

Parents were given just “two days notice” of am meeting to discuss the potential closure of a Keith school, it has been claimed.

Donald Gatt, who represents Keith and Cullen, claims Moray Council education officers requested individual meetings with parents of pupils at Crossroads Primary School in Grange this week ahead of plans to axe the school.

Moray Council defended its position, saying the meetings were held in a bid to find a way of keeping the school open, and not with the intention to mothball the primary.

‘Very concerned parents’

Mr Gatt said: “I have been contacted by very concerned parents who are appalled at the short notice and abrupt content of this letter.

“At the meetings parents were told that after the summer the school roll will be down to five pupils, and that that has triggered the process to close the school.

“Parents were further told to look at which school they would like their children sent to and to email the education department with their choice soon so that transport provision can be looked into.

“The implication being that if it is not done soon, then transport may not be provided.

“All the parents I have been in contact with have expressed a preference for their children to remain at Crossroads Primary School”.

“This is a poor and insensitive move by the education department that has been carried out without any meaningful consultation with parents or with the current Keith and Cullen elected councillors.”

Mr Gatt has contacted the head of education for an “urgent clarification” on the situation at Crossroads Primary amid concern a paper will be brought forward in June to close the school.

Crossroads Primary School, Grange, Keith hand over Petition in 2014.

‘No decision has been made’

A spokeswoman for Moray Council said: “Parents and carers of pupils at Crossroads Primary School were invited to individual meetings to discuss the falling school roll so that an assessment of the current situation can take place.

“We would like to reassure the community that no decision has been taken to mothball the school, and that our education colleagues will work closely with the local community to determine whether there is any possibility of the school roll developing over time.

She said: “Any decisions taken around the future of a school are to support the best educational and social outcomes for the children and young people currently attending the school, as well as those who may attend in the future, and would include extensive engagement with the local community.”

A previous attempt to mothball Crossroads Primary School in 2014 was met with opposition from the community. 

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]