Future still uncertain for Grangemouth school

Oxgang School
Oxgang School

The future of an under fire school which educates some of Falkirk most challenged youngsters remains uncertain.

At the start of the year Oxgang School, in Moray Place, Grangemouth, was reportedly in crisis with staff moving on and some of the pupils, who range in age from five to 11, being forced to attend specialised schools outside the district.

Falkirk Council stated this week the troubled educational establishment was not going to close and the pupils who are still there are being catered to by remaining staff.

A council spokesperson said: “The children currently placed in Oxgang are having their needs met appropriately by teachers and other staff. There are no plans to close the school.”

However, there are concerns from parents and local residents the school is going to close in the near future because its continued existence - and the financial burden of operating the facility for a limited number of pupils - cannot be justified in the current cost-cutting climate.

Earlier this year one mum stated: “There appears to be no structure to what was going on. Things are always changing and there is no routine, which isn’t good for any child.”

It is understood a number of staff have left the school, claiming they could no longer work there and teachers had to be drafted in from education services HQ to take classes.

The council carried out a “wide-ranging examination” of the services at Oxgang School late last year and took a number of actions to ensure the pupils who attend the school receive the best possible opportunities.

They then decided to move a number of pupils into “more appropriate learning environments” at other locations.