Parent echoes concerns over troubled Oxgangs school in Grangemouth

Falkirk Council has admitted there have been problems at Oxgangs school in Grangemouth
Falkirk Council has admitted there have been problems at Oxgangs school in Grangemouth

A mum has accused school bosses of “child neglect” after internal problems at a specialist unit were revealed.

Falkirk Council has already admitted it has been forced to take action over Oxgang School in Grangemouth.

This includes moving staff and sending some of the pupils to other facilities across Scotland.

Youngsters, age five to 11, now face being sent by taxi to specialised schools in Paisley and Edinburgh, involving at least a two-hour round trip each day.

The move comes only weeks after the local authority revealed it wanted to cut back on external placements in its bid to save cash.

A child protection issue and an internal disciplinary matter are still being investigated by the council.

After The Falkirk Herald highlighted the ongoing issues at Oxgang School last week, another mum came forward to voice her concerns.

Catherine Sneddon of Bo’ness, whose six-year-old son Louis has been at the school for around a year, said she had already lodged a complaint with the council about the situation at the unit.

It is one of four addditional support for learning schools run by the local authority and deals with some of the district’s most challenged youngsters.

Mrs Sneddon said: “There was neglect and no structure at Oxgang.

“Planned meetings with parents would be cancelled at the last minute and I was once asked to keep Louis off school because there was a staffing issue, although I later found out that wasn’t the case.

“There was no support in place for parents and it amounts to child neglect.”

Referring to the changes being implemented, a Falkirk Council spokesperson previously said: “These actions were not taken lightly, however we recognise that our principal responsibility is towards the learning and wellbeing of the children in schools.”