Feedback sought on outcome of consultation on additional support needs provision

Artist impression of new single storey school building

Published: Tuesday, 22nd November 2016

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) is looking for feedback on the consultation report prepared with regards to the Additional Support Needs element provision.

The report is in relation to the establishment of the new additional support needs school in Earlston and the formal discontinuation of the spectrum classes at Wilton Primary School in Hawick and St Ronan’s Primary School in Innerleithen.

A formal consultation on the proposals took place between 26 August and 10 October where views were sought on:

  • the proposal that the new additional support needs build in the village of Earlston is established as a school
  • the proposal that the spectrum support class provision at Wilton Primary School is discontinued
  • the proposal that the spectrum support class provision at St Ronan’s Primary School is discontinued.

A consultation report responding to the feedback received has now been prepared. This is due to go before councillors on 15 December when it will be recommended that the proposals are implemented.

Give your views on the report

In advance of the Council meeting, interested parties are being invited to consider the consultation report and provide any additional views they may have.

The consultation period will run from 9am on Tuesday 22 November to 5pm on Wednesday 14 December.

Download the report.

Paper copies are available at:

  • Wilton Primary School
  • St Ronan’s Primary School
  • Earlston Primary School
  • Earlston High School
  • Hawick Library
  • Innerleithen Library
  • Earlston Library

Feedback can be made by contacting Children and Young People’s Services :

It can also be posted to Additional Support Needs School, Children & Young People’s Services, Scottish Borders Council, Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0SA.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Executive Member for Education

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in the new additional needs provision in Earlston to take the time to look at the consultation report and provide any additional feedback before it goes before councillors in December. This applies not only to parents who already have children at school but also families with younger children who are likely to attend any of these schools in the future; the views of these parents are equally valid and we are keen to hear from them as well.”

New name for the school

A non-statutory consultation on the naming of the new provision in Earlston was also held, with stakeholders asked to submit their suggestions. These are currently being considered and more details will be announced in due course.

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