Bus row set 
to cause exam year disruption

Around 50 school pupils from the Newton Stewart area face their school year being disrupted due to transport problems.

The pupils attend Kirkcudbright Academy, but after a bus company pulled out of an agreement with the pupils’ parents to provide transport, they could now be transferred to Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart.

Parents say this would be detrimental to their studies and could have repercussions on staffing at both schools. Some pupils are studying for up to five highers this year.

Dumfries and Galloway Council have stepped in to provide transport this week. Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson said: “We are continuing to work hard to see if there is any way possible for the council to achieve an arrangement to minimise disruption for this session and within the current exam cycle.

“This will provide time for parents to make arrangements either to send their children to their local school in Newton Stewart or agree a new arrangement with bus providers.”