Proposed combining of Stow Primary School with Fountainhall and Heriot Primary Schools
On the 3rd of November Stow Primary School parents and staff were informed of the decision by Scottish Borders Council that Stow Primary School would be forming a partnership with Fountainhall and Heriot schools. This followed the successful split from Clovenfords school, something that Stow Parent Council has be requesting for a number of years.
Following an ordinary meeting, at which all members of the Parent Council shared concern and disbelief both at the news and the lack of consultation over the matter, an Extraordinary meeting was held to discuss the issues of concern. Please see the attached impact statement drawn up by the Parent Council.
We the undersigned are concerned about the total lack of consultation around this decision and the implications for our existing management structure and therefore request:-
- A full consultation with SBC with a view to reversing this merger and giving Stow Primary School a solo Head Teacher which we feel it deserves.
- If this is not possible due to satisfactory explanations following the consultation, we want to be guaranteed that our Principal Teacher remains full time at the school and is not a part of a shared management team, responsible for the other schools in the partnership.