Labour slam “one size fits all” cluster schools

The decision of Dumfries and Galloway council to impose cluster arrangements in every non denomination school in the region with a roll of 150, has been slammed by local Labour politicians.

Despite widespread opposition from parents in schools with over 100 pupils SNP and Tory councillors agreed to press ahead with arrangements that will mean these schools will be paired with neighbouring schools. Claims that they will continue to consult have been labelled “dishonest”.

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown said: “In many areas sharing a Head Teacher has the support of the community and is certainly a way forward to deal with the difficulties of filling posts. However, in some communities such as Gatehouse and Cargenbridge, who have large rolls of over 100, the clear message parents have given is that it is not the answer. Sadly, the council has shown that they are out of touch with local communities and simply want to impose a one size fits all approach in every area. It is simply arrogance on behalf of the Education Department who think they know better than parents when it comes to what is best for their kids education”.