MSP puts new minister under pressure
Education secretary John Swinney has vowed to look into the lack of secondary school provision in Cambuslang East.
He was responding to a question from Clare Haughey MSP.
Halfway Community Council have been campaigning for a secondary school in the area.
Scottish education secretary John Swinney has vowed to look at the situation in Cambuslang East, where parents are fighting for a new secondary school.
Mr Swinney was quizzed on the issue by local MSP Clare Haughey last week.
She urged him to raise the issue with South Lanarkshire Council, who insist the current secondary provision is adequate.
Mr Swinney said: “Through the Scotland’s schools for the future programme, the Scottish Government is undertaking significant investment in Scotland’s school estate.
“In South Lanarkshire the government has awarded funding of up to £11.6 million for the replacement of Spittal Primary School, Burnside Primary, Halfmerke Primary and West Mains additional support needs school.
“I will consider the points that Clare Haughey has made about the opportunities to deploy such investment in the South Lanarkshire area, particularly in the Halfway area of her constituency.”
Ms Haughey welcomed the news, saying: “The Halfway area now covers many new houses in Drumsagard , Hallside Farm and Newton Farm, with plans for many more to be built in the area at Gilbertfield and beyond.
“There is a clear case for a school at the present moment and this will only become even more apparent as the area continues to expand.
“South Lanarkshire Council must acknowledge and address the situation.
“How much more will be spent bussing kids in and out of the area when the local population expands further?
“The council need to rethink their current stance and conduct a proper and full analysis and consultation.”
By August next year two new primary schools will have been built, serving the Halfway and Newton areas.
However, the school opening in Newton next year will be zoned to Uddingston Grammar when they make the step up.
Halfway Community Council have campaigned for a new secondary serving the new houses.
But Lynn Sherry, the council’s head of education, said: “We are aware of the housing growth and we have responded to this by establishing two new primary schools.
“However, within the secondary sector there is existing capacity. As such, we are not currently considering a new secondary school for this area.
“The council would welcome any financial support made available by the Scottish Government to assist with growing pupil numbers in the future.”
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