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"The first school in Scotland forced to close when nothing had happened"

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The team has compiled the following facts for your consideration.

Between January 2018 and the closure of the school;

  1. The school never failed to follow its child protection guidelines and procedures

  2. There was no failures to report child protection matters to the regulatory authorities

  3. There were no complaints by parents against staff

  4. There were no complaints by pupils against staff

  5. No child/young person was harmed in the school

  6. No pupil raised any concerns about the school

  7. No member of staff complained about school managers

  8. There was no evidence of any inappropriate behaviour between staff and pupils

  9. No member of staff was disciplined for any inappropriate behaviour towards pupils

  10. There were no conflicts of interest

  11. No parent complained about the quality of care received by their child in the school

  12. 1 member of staff underwent a disciplinary process related to recording procedures

  13. No complaints were upheld against the school by external agencies/regulatory authorities

  14. The school was criticised in May 2018 for failing to add clauses in its child protection guidelines relating to child sexual exploitation and radicalisation but not for the quality of its care

In November 2018, the school was forced to close at the insistence of the Care Inspectorate.

24 vulnerable pupils lost their safe place of learning and have suffered immensley as a result. 20 still have no permanent full-time school to go to. Many have been traumatised by the closure.

“In the culture people talk about trauma as an event that happened a long time ago. But what trauma is, is the imprints that event has left on your mind and in your sensations... the discomfort you feel and the agitation you feel and the rage and the helplessness you feel right now.”
― Bessel A. van der Kolk

Bill Colley