Date lodged: 30 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what action is being taken to help pupils affected by the closure of the New School in Butterstone.
Answered by: John Swinney 6 February 2019
The Board’s decision to close the school is an extremely sad event and I am aware of the impact this has had on the whole community, and especially the young people who attended the school.
Since the Board made its decision to close, all seven local authorities have been working closely with families to identify the appropriate care and support for the young people who attended the school.
Every family has been offered support and education by the local authority, and it is our understanding that for 17 of the 24 enrolled at the school, alternative education arrangements have now been made, including post 16. Some of these are interim arrangements whilst long term solutions are identified.
A further 4 service users have other support, including adult support services, in place.
I continue to receive regular updates on the progress being made and will continue to work to ensure positive outcomes are achieved.