Council supports plans to close St Margaret’s Roman Catholic school

A row of children's art work are hung across a window.

Published: Thursday, 26th April 2018

We have agreed to support the closure of St Margaret’s Roman Catholic school in Hawick and offer pupils an alternative place at a catchment primary school.

 St Margaret’s Roman Catholic school closure

The decision follows a formal consultation process that took place between 22 November 2017 and 22 January 2018.

The feedback received was incorporated into a consultation report which was published on 8 March 2018. Interested parties were given a further three week period to raise concerns or post alternative solutions but none were submitted by the closing date of 29 March.

The Scottish Governement

The Scottish Government has been informed of our decision and now has an eight week period of further consideration.

Public representations

Members of the public are also entitled to submit any further representations directly to the Scottish Government during the three week period from 26 April 2018.

Contact may be made by: 

email to: schoolclosure@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or by post to: The Scottish Government, School Infrastructure Unit, 2A (South), Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People, said:

 “The decision to close a school is not one that is taken lightly. It only ever follows extensive consultation with pupils, families, staff and the wider community. In the case of St Margaret’s, engagement has also been carried out with the Roman Catholic Church and their representatives.

“We would like to thank everyone who gave us their feedback, which was carefully considered both by ourselves and Education Scotland. However, agreement has now been given to the proposal to close St Margaret’s from the end of the summer term.

“We have been engaging with pupils and staff throughout the consultation process, appreciating that this has been an unsettling time and doing all we can to reassure and keep them informed as we have gone through each stage. A transition plan has been developed and this will now be put in place to ensure that pupils can be supported with the transfer to their new primary from August. Any pupils who are due to move up to Hawick High will continue with the arrangements already in place.

“The small staff team affected by the change are being supported by our HR colleagues to ensure their future employment. We would like to thank them for their commitment to St Margaret’s over the years and particularly for their patience and support over the past few months.”

“Once confirmation has been received from the Scottish Government of their final decision, discussions will be held as to the future use of the building.

“We will also make arrangements to host an event that will celebrate the life and legacy of St Margaret’s, honouring the contribution that it has made to the Hawick community over the years and giving everyone who has been involved with the school the chance to say a respectful farewell.”

Further Information

The report is available on the our website