Edinburgh school closures

Edinburgh school closures

Two nurseries on hit list as council balances its books

THE two city nursery schools facing the axe have today been revealed by council bosses.

Probe launched into finances of failed St Margaret's school

A TEACHING union is investigating whether pension contributions, student loan repayments and registration fees deducted from the salaries of staff at the axed St Margaret's school actually went where they were meant to go.

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School closures: 'Some of the 350 pupils affected were in tears'

SO, FAREWELL then, Fort, Drumbrae, Burdiehouse and Royston primary schools after a combined service of 220 years.

Nursery school closures to be revealed within weeks

THE names of three nurseries that will face being shut down will be revealed within weeks.

Parents pull pupils out of axed schools months early

THE primary schools which councillors voted to axe this summer are haemorrhaging pupils as parents battle to secure their children places elsewhere.

Parents and pupils protest over school budget cuts

HUNDREDS of parents and pupils have staged a mass rally against swingeing education cutbacks in Scotland's capital.

City leaders vow that no more schools will be axed

EDUCATION chiefs are set to pledge there will be no more school closures in Edinburgh – and savage budget cuts will be scaled back.

Heads call for closure of schools instead of cuts

HEADTEACHERS in Edinburgh say some schools should close instead of forcing every primary and secondary to make a 2.5 per cent budget cut.

Parents demand standards inquiry into 'lying' MacLaren

EDUCATION leader Marilyne MacLaren has been reported to the Standards Commission for the second time in as many years by a parent who is accusing her of "blatantly lying" to councillors over school closures.

Schools chief 'sticks fingers up at parents' with e-card

PARENTS of children at an axed city primary have accused education leader Marilyne MacLaren of "sticking two fingers" up at them after she sent them a Christmas card – on the day she voted to close their school.

City primaries to close next year to cut costs

FOUR primary schools in Edinburgh are to close at the end of the summer term next year as part of a cost-cutting exercise, it was announced last night.

Secret memo exposes rift on school closures

THE ruling coalition on Edinburgh City Council has been hit by a split over school closures.

Heads tell city leaders to shut schools before cutting budgets

HEADTEACHERS have called on education chiefs to close even more schools in the Capital in order to balance the books and prevent further cuts to budgets.

City eyes high school closures in cash crisis

EDUCATION bosses are lining up two city secondary schools for closure in a desperate bid to battle the council's funding crisis.

Anger as pupils are taught in corridors at crowded primary

CHILDREN are being taught in corridors, eating lunch in classrooms and taking playtimes in "shifts" at an overcrowded primary which has seen an influx of new pupils this year.

Parents blast Cardownie for school fight silence

PARENTS fighting school closure plans have hit out at their ward councillor, Steve Cardownie, for being uninterested in "one of the biggest local issues" in recent years.

Police remove fuming parent from school closure meeting

POLICE had to be called to remove an irate parent from a public meeting on the future of a city school.

Parents' anger as city officials 'measure up' school facing axe

EDUCATION bosses have been accused of "measuring up" an under-threat primary before a consultation into its closure has even got under way.

Education boss sent sardines to highlight school overcrowding fears

PROTESTING parents are sending dozens of tins of sardines to the city's education leader, Marilyne MacLaren – to highlight their fears about overcrowded schools.

Primary school closures to cost city £1.5m

CLOSING four Edinburgh primary schools is going to cost the city council a total of £1.5 million – £429,000 more than will be immediately saved by axing them.

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