Roman Catholic children from the Stenhousemuir area face being bussed to Bo’ness despite the new St Bernadette’s RC Primary School being only 62% full following a bizarre decision by the Labour / Tory Coalition that runs Falkirk Council.
Labour’s defence for the decision follows on from a paper brought to the council’s Education Committee several months ago to cap the intake of St Mungo’s High School.
That report made no mention of a cap being placed on feeder Primary Schools and the matter only came to light when parents contacted SNP Councillors after their children were refused enrolment at Roman Catholic Primary Schools across the district.
Moving the SNP motion to postpone the introduction of the cap for a year following the failure of the Labour / Tory Administration’s failure to consult with parents of children at Falkirk’s Denominational Primary Schools, Stenhousemuir SNP Councillor, Steven Carleschi said,
“When Labour were last in power their plan was to bus Roman Catholic children from Stenhousemuir to Grangemouth, that was before the SNP brought forward proposals for the new St Bernadette’s Primary School.
Now that they are back in power the proposal is to bus new residents who are Roman Catholic to St Mary’s in Bo’ness. This while a new £7m Denominational Primary School sits almost half empty.
The irony is that there will be no impact on St Mungo’s High as these children will have a right to attend to St Mungo’s, and so children up to P7 will be denied the right to be educated locally while Council Taxpayers will meet the cost of the additional transport for no good reason.
Given the fact Labour and their Tory allies didn’t bother to consult with either parents or children at the primary schools it is no wonder this has ended up in a total shambles.
However, it is a shambles that parents and children will pay a high price for.”