Concern over places at Braes school

Maddiston Community Council say the education department hasn't planned well enough for pupil places at the school
Maddiston Community Council say the education department hasn't planned well enough for pupil places at the school
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Falkirk Council’s education department has been criticised amid claims that a new Braes primary school is bursting at the seams.

Maddiston Primary School opened in 2008 with space for 435 pupils. But Maddiston Community Council says that, following discussions with the head teacher, they fear that there could be close to 530 
pupils there for the start of the new school year.

The school role at the moment is 398, but Falkirk Council has been forced to divide a general purpose room into two and provide two portable classes in the playground to cope with demand for places at the school next year.

Community council secretary Jacqueline McDevitt said: “The council’s new development plan suggests that an extension may have to be built.

“Since its inception the community council has made representations that the school is too small, though even as recently as last August the director of education was saying there was sufficient space at the school.

“What we would like to see is an open discussion and a view of where pupil numbers are going here in Maddiston.”

Gary Greenhorn, the council’s head of educational planning and resources, has promised a “detailed response”.

He said: “We are aware of the concerns being raised and will be liaising with the appropriate council services to provide them with a detailed response.”