Read, Mr Swinney, and weep.
From social media:
Preparing to wake N for a day I know he’s already anxious and upset about 😢 I can’t believe I’m writing about his last day at The New School Butterstone so soon after he started. This has been a long, emotional battle to get my son the education and support he deserves. After continuously being failed by Perth & Kinross education. Now we need to find a strength to start the fight all over again 😩🥊 Already it’s a slow process, a meeting next week before we hear anything, why not this week? Collating information on the kids and their needs, not being funny but the extreme research our kids are dragged through to secure a place should be sufficient enough. Ask the teachers they know our kids needs and meet them daily, they know our kids, they care! My heart breaks and I cannot thank the school enough, all the staff, for taking time to know my kid as a valued person not a number or inconvenience. Bill Colley, Lynsey Ptak, Danny Ptak thank you all, for helping my son find his place. Dawn & Rose for being supportive every time I call. I’m just devastated that as soon as he’s found it it’s taken from him. Your hard work, guidance and friendship has meant the world to us and I wish u all luck. We won’t stop fighting no matter how broken it makes us xxx
Amazing dedicated staff who's first thoughts were not of themselves but the children, what does that tell us all! Absolutely gutted for everyone, the school should not be closing 😢 xx
Exactly there isn’t another school like it anywhere the love and care they had they just won’t find anywhere else with such passion to getting it right . The difference in my son in just a year in a half is astonishing . But the rejection he is going to have to go thru again and back to being very vulnerable . It was a sigh of relief when he got his placement 😢
It’s awful it took a long time to trust he has had allot in his life to deal with for someone so young and he finally trusted and opened up to all the staff . When he first went all he would say is F off to everyone all the staff he wouldn’t talk or open up .. ive had them all say how much he has changed into such a lovely boy and loving and kind still a cheeky monkey just a different boy .. so sorry to hear this poor N it must be so hard just finally feeling wanted and fitting in for it to be snatched out under his feet 😢 xxx
E your son is a perfect example of how well the school works. 😢 if only everyone could see that xx
So that’s my son home .. and an emotional painful goodbye to some beautiful souls who helped care and nurture my son ... my heart is so broken right now ... how anyone can dare say there wasn’t anything but love, respect , nurture and care at the school is beyond crazy . This is just a crime an absolute disgusting vile act done so underhand and no care for the dedicated staff , the vulnerable children and devastated parents left unknown of their child’s future . I’m emotionally , mentally and physically drained so the poor children and staff how on earth they are holding it together and I know they are and have not once stopped putting the children first regardless of their own pain. Such a sad sad day . All I can say is everyone child and staff member hold your heads high with pride on how they have handled an impossible life changing situation . And the fight is only just about to begin ...
Everything will come out soon . And how underhand money saving assholes are that would rather save a few quid than save a few children . The devastation that has been caused to so many people is unreal . Iv no idea iv looked at a school today but nothing will beat Butterstone and the care they had there is just unbeatable xx
Bill we are all behind you as well . The staff the parents the children love you to pieces . Your passion for that school and what you do is admirable .pity we didn’t have a world full of Bills and Calum’s
I saw Danny we where all crying . My daughter could even feel your great energy and didn’t want you to leave 😢 iv never felt so heartbroken today when you both where leaving and seeing how emotionally effected you both are and your love for the children . Thank you for everything xx
Bill Colley - 5th conversation tonight that has brought me to tears. Nearly. Need to do that man thing.
Cry and cry .... god you are one strong man with such extreme circumstances on your shoulders and yet here you are still fighting still supporting everyone . Have some time for yourself to decompress . ❤️
I’m sharing this on here and asking if people would help. The head teacher of The New Butterstone School is a certain Mr. Bill Colley, who taught at Rannoch and was highly regarded.
This is a very sorry tale indeed and, although different, reminds me of the closure of another school.....
Please do read and sign the petition. And then please share this with your family and friends. Many thanks.
We are so upset and distraught and aggrieved and angry!!!!!! We are so heart-sorry for all of you and for ourselves too, even though he hadn't actually made it full-time there yet. We were there today though and it was tragic to witness. Is there anything we can do? Is there any campaign to mount? I have emailed Jeanne Freeman, Minister for Health, because I spoke to her about XXXX a while ago and she's the friend of a friend. Is there any possibility of a government bail-out? Can there be a lot of shouting about the appalling lack of state provision for our kids?!!!
Please let us help if we can. Shout if we can do something.
I was totally devastated to hear the news that the school is closing, as I"m sure you all are. I had a similar feeling when A finally stopped school a few months ago - so sad, after all the tremendous work the school put in. I've been meaning to write and thank you for being so wonderful with A, he enjoyed his visits to the office very much. I was going to send you all a Christmas card to say thanks, but that may not be possible now.
A benefitted a great deal during the short time he was with you, and I was hoping he may be able to return at some point. The traumas he experienced at High School totally put him off schools completely, and Butterstone really helped get him over the worst of this (he doesn't talk about high school any more). It wasn't quite enough to help him shake the school phobia completely, but I doubt any school could have achieved this.
I feel so much for all the pupils and staff at this time. All the staff are so dedicated, kind and hardworking, and it just doesn't seem fair that such a fantastic facility can just be shut down like that. We're signing the petition, and passing it on, and if there's anything else we can do, please don't hesitate to contact me.
With very best wishes
I was so Incredibly sad and shocked to read yesterday’s email, I don’t know where to start! I’ve spoken to S and he is understandably worried about what happens next, I have said to try and enjoy his last few days and not to get worried.
S will have to get the taxi home on Friday so I’m so disappointed I’m not going to be there to see you all face to face and thank you all so much for your hard work and total dedication to S over the last 3 years. He has certainly flourished in that time and has learned so much. Could you please pass on my huge thanks to Miles for his patience and commitment to S, I’m very upset I won’t be able to watch him play his guitar at the leavers service! I want to thank all his other teachers and care staff too, so very understanding and always had positive things to say about S. He’s loved being at The New School! Please let me know if there will be any other opportunity to see you all again and also an opportunity to pick up S’s church and anything he won’t get in the taxi.
I wish you all the very best and hope you can all get new jobs very soon. What a stressful time.
How are you? I am sorry i have not sent anything till now, your email to staff reminded me today, your words are encouraging. I guess what i am going to write will not shock you, but i am in a turmoil as i am sure many others are including yourself and your family. I know i cant write names for obvious reasons but i wanted to share that i know what you must be going through. When my son C,( i can say his name!) worked at the school alongside me he had many a difficult moment with a certain member of staff, he was also targeted with malicious and horrible accusations, at the time we did have a head mistress who did just dismiss, sweep things under the carpet so to speak, it seem so ironic that finally someone was prepared to stand up and be counted to challenge the person who i know is behind this whole horrible situation, to have the table turned and to be where we are at this time.
Over my nine years of being at TNS, i have raised countless concerns with regards to the practice of this person and i want to know how i can use this to have the injustice that has occurred. I do not want to create any further difficulties but my anger is so great that i feel it is all i am left to try and achieve in helping to have TNS name cleared of any wrong doings. I devastated at the loss of my job, but it is the injustice and the outcomes that are causing me the biggest issue at this time. I had to leave school today as i was unable to control my emotions, i crumbled so to speak, i am not the strongest of people emotionally. I have felt sad at jumping ship but i was no good to any one, the staff are doing an amazing job with what students we still have, as they always have. I have never worked with such dedicated staff who go above and beyond to try and get the best results for the young people it has been humbling.
Once this week is over i have one focus, i have the time, i do not need to work, i am fortunate not like many others. I WANT TO BE ON A MISSION, !!! this is to strive to have TNS cleared of any wrong doings that have clearly been attached to it. Please let me know what i can do.
very best regards and best wishes from me.
Today, the school we fought tooth and nail with XXX Council to get our daughter into has closed.
In the short three months she was there, she flourished beyond all expectation. Now there is literally nowhere else for her and her school friends to go.
There are complex reasons but the bottom line is local authorities do not and will not put adequate funding into providing suitable, appropriate education for those young people in our society with additional needs. They make it virtually impossible for parents to get their children into a suitable school while all the time expounding the myth of ‘inclusion’. What this actually means for any autistic youngster is ‘learn as much as possible to pretend you are neurotypical and it will all be alright’. Patronizing and denigrating beyond belief, even if it were achievable, which it is not without huge psychological cost.
The Scottish government need to act in favor of human rights and equality. Start with supporting The New School to re-open and then continue to actually provide appropriate education for everyone.
The Scottish Government needs to step in and work directly with the board of governors at The New School Butterstone!
24 CHILDREN WITH COMPLEX ADDITIONAL SUPPORT NEEDS ARE ABOUT TO BE LEFT WITHOUT AN EDUCATION AFTER TOMORROW!!!
So far the only rhetoric we are hearing is that "we are working with local authorities". THIS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THIS IS SCOTLAND 2018! WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO MY SON AND ALL THE OTHER CHILDREN AT THE NEW SCHOOL BUTTERSTONE?
The staff and teachers there are of the very highest standard and all of our children are thriving there. It's taken many of the children YEARS to build these relationships and this is being taken away from them tomorrow! 😡😢😢😢 GETTING IT RIGHT FOR EVERY CHILD - BUTTERSTONE IS RIGHT FOR OUR CHILDREN!
Exactly there isn’t another school like it anywhere the love and care they had they just won’t find anywhere else with such passion to getting it right . The difference in my son in just a year in a half is astonishing . But the rejection he is going to have to go thru again and back to being very vulnerable . It was a sigh of relief when B got his placement
That’s what makes it so hard, so much more than a school. N’s only just settled in and already I’m seeing big improvements in him. Had his settling in review just 2weeks ahi it was great. Then this. Poor things in bed sleeping 100% out of character for him. 😢 feeling helpless
It’s awful it took B a long time to trust he has had allot in his life to deal with for someone so young and he finally trusted and opened up to all the staff . When he first went all he would say is F off to everyone all the staff he wouldn’t talk or open up .. iv had them all say how much he has changed into such a lovely boy and loving and kind still a cheeky monkey just a different boy .. so sorry to hear this poor N it must be so hard just finally feeling wanted and fitting in for it to be snatched out under his feet 😢 xxx
Your son is a perfect example of how well the school works. 😢 if only everyone could see that xx
It is now of paramount importance that all Government Agencies and Local Authorities pitch in and look to a way to support the essential facilities that are at The New School Butterstone. This is a remarkably successful School with a highly motivated team of teachers that have an experience for supporting the Educational Needs of vulnerable children.. It would be a travesty to lose such facilities. The goal now should be look for a rescue plan to save these facilities and develop these for the benefit of many more children that are sadly left without any realistic support. Now is the time for Leadership and Action to save these Essential Educational Facilities.