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Innocent victim of a national scandal

Angie Gordon is an outstanding professional who found herself caught in the centre of an orchestrated campaign by Perth & Kinross Council and the Care Inspectorate to close down an independent special school because it was ‘financially inconvenient’ to the local authority.

After managing and recovering from the trauma of the February 2017 tragedy, she was then subjected to an onslaught from the council and regulators, including;

  • A false accusation by PKC in January 2018 that she failed to follow child protection procedures (proven to be untrue by the SSSC)

  • A false allegation by the Care Inspectorate that she failed to report a child protection matter (shown to be untrue by an independent child protection investigation)

  • Persistent harrassment and demands from the Care Inspectorate that we not made of other schools or services

The bullying has continued since closure with the Care Inspectorate reporting her to the SSSC and thus denying her the opportunity to return to work and care for vulnerable young people. The Head of School was also reported to the GTCS even though he had been cleared of any wrongdoing by the same police officer conducting the investigation. He has also been reported by PKC for revealing the truth of what happened during the final week of term and for confirming that there were no child protection of safeguarding issues at the school.

It is clear that the Care Inspectorate and PKC are trying to intimidate both managers from disclosing the corruption that led to the clsoure of the school.

The financial and emotional costs have been huge.

This should not be happening in a civilised country.

Angie Gordon should not have to fight for justice.

We should not have to be fighting for the truth.

Feedback from the May 2018 inspection:

"During the inspection we spoke with pupils at the school. They told us that they felt safe at The New School Butterstone and in the main they were happy. They told us about some very positive things that had happened for them such as learning to play musical instruments and having many opportunities to extend their horizons.
They told us they liked the staff and got on well with most of them.
We spoke to parents who told us they were very happy with the school. They said their children were very well supported at the school and staff "know them well" and they were very settled and safe in school. Some parents told us about the huge positive difference the school had made to their child's life and how pupils were treated appropriately like adults and had more confidence. Parents told us that communication with the school was good and said they had good relationships with the care team. Parents told us that they feel the service works in partnership with them to provide consistency between home and school. They said the staff at the school are "really, really high skilled staff". A satisfaction survey had made parents feel their views were worthwhile and listened to. Parents asked that more activities take place in the winter as children may get a bit bored."

See: Feedback from the residential pupils (2018)

See: Management Review (November 2018)

Bill Colley