‘No walls’ fury
Primary three pupils taught in school’s open area
Parents of James Aiton Primary pupils have slammed the school after their children were put in an “open class space”.
The Reformer was contacted by several parents who said their children had been moved to a class room without walls. They claim it is disrupting their children’s learning.
A group of Cambuslang parents have reacted with outrage, claiming an “open space” classroom is harming their children’s education.
The Reformer was contacted by parents of the primary three class at James Aiton Primary School, located on Morriston Street in Cambuslang.
They expressed their concerns about an open space classroom, which their children had been moved to.
They claim it is disrupting their children’s learning.
Alex Black’s (29) son Jacob is in primary three and she says her son’s learning will suffer as a result: “I went up to the school on Friday to see it. They are in a corridor, there’s two, what’s called ‘partitions’, but they’re really just boards, a white board and a TV stand to act as a ‘wall’.
“It was after school when we went up and we were standing where our pupils would be. Although there was only the janitor and a few other people in we could hear everything. What must it be like when the school is full? How can students concentrate on their work?”
Alison Cameron’s ( 45) son Kyle (7) also attends the class. She said: “I don’t see how our children can be expected to learn when they’re constantly distracted by people walking by. There needs to be a better solution.”
Emma Jane Robertson’s (33) son Marly (6) is in the class.
She said: “We went up on Friday. Their class is upstairs and when you look from downstairs you can see it. It’s in a landing, we were told that there would be permanent partitions put in with a door by the time summer was over. There’s no such thing, it’s a white board and a blue board and that’s it.
“The two primary classes have merged as well, so our kids have a bigger class and learning in an open plan space to contend with. When we were in the school there were a few kids being picked up and there was so much noise – what must it be like when school is full?”
Wilma Bain, Head of Education for the Rutherglen Area, said: “With the increase in roll at James Aiton Primary School we have had to use and adapt the available space in the new school to accommodate the eight classes.
“All of our new schools provide a range of flexible accommodation which can be used in a variety of ways, and the P3 classroom is one of these areas. It is an open class space, utilising the former ICT suite, which is fit for purpose and bigger than the traditional classroom and has the technology you would expect in a modern classroom.
“We understand that some parents have raised concerns but I would wish to assure them that the school will continue to provide the highest learning and teaching it can for all pupils maximising the resources and space it has in the new school”.
I don’t see how our children can be expected to learn when they’re constantly distracted by people walking by
Class war Parents and pupils of the primary three class at James Aiton