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Clarity at last

The latest statements from JohnSwinney and PKC point towards an emerging consensus amongst those who forced the closure of the school under fake accusations of safeguarding and child protection concerns, that responsibility should lie with the Board of Governors and their decision to commission a report from the Witherslack group.

It is now the Board that is at fault, rather than school managers.

This is a wise move from those who wish to deflect the blame. Gone are the accusations that school staff failed to report a child protection concern because it is now clear that there was none to report. Bizarrely, the Care Inspectorate in defence of the imposition of an improvement notice on the school (which caused the withdrawal of Witherslack) state that it was up to the school (i.e. the Board) to challenge this if it was unfair - rather than admit that they were incompetent in their own actions.

The CI also state that they, “begged the Board to keep the school open”, which does not sit well with Board claims to staff and parents that they were forced to close the school or the CI would have done so.

All are futher claiming that the brutality of the final week was the responsibility of the Board rather than the PKC officers who made such damaging decisions, or the CI and ES inspectors who were present in an advisory capacity at the time.

Someone is lying.

A critical point emerging from all of this is that, if it is true that there was no external pressure to close the school, the Board was seriously negligent in terms of;

  1. Safeguarding the welfare of pupils

  2. Ensuring proper planned transitions

  3. Upholding pupil rights

  4. Involving pupils and parents in decision making about them

  5. the school’s finances

On this last point, it is now known that there were huge costs in closing the school before the end of term and that innocent and dedicated staff will now have to foot the bill.

It seems inconceivable that a Board of Governors would close a school on financial grounds without exploring alternative arrangements or consulting school managers. The costs to so many people have been enormous and the possibility remains that criminality may have taken place if this was carried-out on a fraudulent basis.

It now appears that throughout this whole saga, the only people who can emerge with their credibility intact are the staff of the school and the parents who saw through the whole charade from the very beginning.

Bill Colley