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Children of St Joseph's Primary school urgently need your help to STOP East Dunbartonshire Council CLOSING their school. 

 East Dunbartonshire Council are planning to remove denominational education provision for children in Milngavie and send them by bus to the neighbouring town of Bearsden. 

 St Joseph's is a highly successful and sought after primary school situated in the centre of Milngavie and its children and their families are valuable contributors to Milngavie's vibrant and diverse community. Closing St Joseph's PS will have a detrimental effect on the community and local businesses and the Milngavie community in general. 

Life for children of St Joseph's PS revolves around the school, St Joseph's Church and Milngavie precinct and parks. 

 Children as young as four years old will be placed in an unfamiliar setting with no direct access to their own community. Milngavie based children will be excluded from after school clubs or the ability to walk home from school, they will lose the chance for social contact and after school play and their parents and grandparents will be out of reach. 

 East Dunbartonshire Council discounted mergers of non-denominational schools such as Castlehill PS (Bearsden) and Clober PS (Milngavie) on the basis of different geographical locations - why then is it okay to move Milngavie children to Bearsden as proposed in this merger? 

Children from St Joseph’s PS are part of the Douglas Academy Secondary (Milngavie) catchment and pupils currently link in with peers from Milngavie’s three primary schools who also feed into Douglas Academy. St Andrew’s PS feeds into Bearsden Academy so children from Milngavie will be left out in the cold when it comes to opportunities for transition and integration with their secondary school community. 

The council's consultation process has been skewed from the beginning with St Joseph's PS included in a cross boundary option and separate to the Milngavie option - the very community at which St Joseph's is at the heart of. 

 We urge you to join us and give East Dunbartonshire Council a very clear message that closing St Joseph's Primary School is NOT an option.


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