‘No walls’ fury

Pri­mary three pupils taught in school’s open area

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Will Hen­shaw

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.