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The death of a community

We have often stated that TNS died on 23rd November 2018.

We were wrong.

TNS died the day that control was handed over to Education Scotland, The Care Inspectorate, and Perth & Kinross Council. By Sir Andrew Cubie.

None of the key decisions that caused so much harm to pupils that week were taken by trusted school staff.

TNS died the moment they arrived. 20th November 2018.

Lest we forget.

The following is taken from the staff account:

“We were absolutely flooded with officials. I didn’t know who they were, where they were from, they didn’t introduce themselves at all. All very official-looking, all very cold. For such a small place and such a small community, the sheer number of visitors was overwhelming for the staff, let alone the students. We were swamped by officialdom.” [Auxiliary Staff]

“Students were anxious and distressed at these strangers being present, and they were also resentful and angry… staff had a difficult time trying to manage this behaviour.

“Two Witherslack staff were also constantly on site and this added to the students’ distress and anger. The previous week, prior to the announcement of closure, some students were alarmed as Witherslack staff approached them, without checking with staff as to how these students responded to strangers.” [Senior Care Worker]

Further infromation: The New School documentary

The trauma of the final week. Captured by Treehouse Productions

Bill Colley