Commenting on the Strength of Opposition to the Proposed Closure of Menzieshill High School

Laurie Bidwell , Labour's Education Spokesperson in Dundee

27 January 2015

The mounting number of supporters for the 'Stop the Closure of Menzieshill High School' online petition is another indicator that there is growing resistance to the proposed closure of the school.

The consultation meeting at the school last Thursday was attended by a 200+ group of parents, carers and pupils who overwhelmingly were also not convinced by the Education Director's case for the closure of the school.

 

What also emerged from that meeting and the comments made by the supporters of the petition is that Menzieshill High school is held in high esteem by pupils and former pupils.

 

Its location at the heart of the Lochee ward mean that it is a real 'community school' serving its pupils and recreational groups that use its extensive sports facilities.

 

The relative smallness of the current school roll seems to be one of the features that contributes to it being a good place to learn which is less daunting for pupils coming up from Primary.

 

On the other hand the location and size of Harris Academy, with a projected school roll almost three times the size of Menzieshill High School are real put offs.

 

I hope the SNP group of City Councillors, who have backed the proposal to shut the school, are listening.

 

The petition is at :  https://www.change.org/p/dundee-city-council-stop-the-closure-of-menzieshill-high-school


 

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