Clydesdale, because of its rural nature, has many small local schools, most essential to the community’s viability. So plans to strip communities of the right to appeal local school closures will naturally trigger concern among parents. The umbrella body for councils – COSLA – is looking at removing the right of parents to appeal to the Scottish Government when school closures occur.
This means parents could not appeal any higher than council level if their local authority opts to shut a school. There is an important principle of democracy at stake here and I remain very uncomfortable with any attempts to restrict the legal right to appeal school closures