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Two Glasgow schools to merge despite some concerns from parents

Two primary schools from Glasgow to Sighthill could merge into one by August this year despite some concerns from parents.

Students from St. Stephen’s Catholic School and St. Kevin’s Primary School moved to Sighthill Community Campus in November 2019, allowing children with general and additional learning needs to work and learn together .

Now the City Council is proposing to close St Stephen’s and St Kevin’s Additional Learning Needs and re-open the building as an inclusive learning environment. But parents fear St Kevin’s children won’t get the specialist support they need with more than a dozen against the merger.

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As part of the local authority’s plans, the school community has been consulted informally on a range of proposals regarding its operation such as a change of uniform. Most of the people who responded seemed to support the proposal.

But concerns were raised when a formal consultation was conducted by the Educational Services team between December 2021 and February 2022. A public meeting was held last November which no member of the public attended.

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A total of 16 responses to this proposal were however received online with 14 parents not in favor of the merger.

The biggest concern was that St. Kevin’s children would not receive the specialist support they need and lose the enhanced benefit they currently receive.

People who raised this issue were concerned that it would have a negative impact on the learning and progress of these children.

A report to be presented to councilors on Thursday insists that the results of the consultation confirm that there is strong support for the proposal.

He said: “There is a shared view that the proposal has potential educational benefit and will enable stakeholders to further develop as a diverse, inclusive and forward-looking school community, taking full account of its current and evolving context.

Officers are seeking approval from the board’s administrative committee to move forward with plans to merge the two schools, which would open in August 2022.