Argyll &Bute Council have proposed the closure of North Bute Primary School as part of program of recommended closure of 26 schools in the region. This is not the first this has been attempted: in 1998 the school was up for closure but successfully fought against.
Please read this page and join us to SAVE NORTH BUTE PRIMARY
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ?
Please write to the Council Please print off page 25 of the attached Council proposal document and post it off to the A&B Council at the address given; this is important as this document is officially recognised by the Council). You can download the document by clicking HERE
Are you a former pupil? Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to give us some detail of your fond recollections of your time at NBP, any why you think it should stay open
The community response has been unanimous in its rejection of this proposal. The effect it will have on pupils and their families is obvious, but so too on the local village of Port Bannatyne and consequently the wider island. Bute, not just Port Bannatyne, needs to defend this very robustly.
The NBP Parent Council are mounting a strong challenge to this proposal, fighting the Council on their claims around cost savings, education benefits, effects to the community, school rolls etc.
It is recognised by all that the school building is in need of significant upgrading but the Parent Council aim to show that the cost of this is nowhere near the £450,000 figure claimed.
A&B Council: claim that pupils benefit by attending larger schools.
Parent Council: Rubbish! – there are numerous examples and research findings that demonstrate the opposite.
A&B Council: claim that the effects on local village will be `comparably small’.
Parent Council: not true – we have been told already that the Port Bannatyne Village Hall will have to close as a direct consequence. Also, clearly local shops will suffer, and it won’t take long for the village to nose-dive.
A&B Council: claim that the pupil population has been decreasing for decades and will continue to drop, by 12% over the next 5 years.
Parent Council: this 12% decrease looks to be inaccurate, and has been calculated instead as 2.5%. Also, critically, why did the Council build a Joint Campus if they knew (or should have known) that the school population was declining, while simultaneously giving repeated assurances at the time of the development of the Joint Campus that North Bute Primary would not be closed as a result.
A&B Council: the school will cost £450,000 to upgrade, which equates to £35,000/year in borrowing fees.
Parent Council: Have serious doubts around all aspects of this: the excessive nature of the proposed building upgrade, its costing, the required borrowing figures; the Parent Council are hoping to look very closely at this issue, and propose an alternative upgrade.
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