Local MSP welcomes decision to delay Abronhill school closure

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SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn has welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to call-in North Lanarkshire Council’s proposal to close Abronhill High School and move pupils to Cumbernauld High.

Following a consultation on the proposal, which attracted an overwhelmingly negative response, NLC officials recommended to close Abronhill from the end of the next school year – and was approved by the council on February 6.

Education Scotland – the body responsible for inspecting Scotland’s schools – was very critical of the proposal in a number of areas, saying that the educational benefits of the plan were limited.

SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Mr Hepburn said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Scottish Ministers have called in the council’s proposal. This is welcome recognition of the serious concerns that many people have expressed about this proposal, and which were highlighted by Education Scotland in their own assessment of the plan.

“While this doesn’t definitively shut down the plans advanced by North Lanarkshire Council, it is clear that Ministers recognise that they have to answer the serious questions and concerns that have been posed of them.

“The Council have thus far failed to do so, and it will be interesting to see how they try and justify their plan to the Ministers.”