Parents to have say on school changes

Bell Baxter High School
Bell Baxter High School

Parents of children at Bell

Baxter High School are being urged to have their say on controversial proposals being put forward by Fife Council.

The school’s Parent Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday to discuss plans which could include shortening the school week, and is calling on all parents and carers to attend.

Its chairman, Julie Struthers, said: “The Parent Council would urge every Bell Baxter parent or carer to participate in this dialogue – it is important that Fife Council receives a wide range of parental opinion as it makes plans to protect and improve education provision, amid increasing budget restraints.”

The meeting follows on from a number of issues raised at the recent round of meetings held by the local authority’s education service across Fife, including an extremely heated one at Bell Baxter.

On Thursday, Bell Baxter rector Phil Black will give a presentation explaining the ideas being suggested by education and children’s services for reshaping the school week and creating new leadership models – before a session of open discussion and the

nity to ask questions.

Mrs Struthers went on to say any comments and concerns specific to Bell Baxter, and wider afield,will then be fed back to Fife Council in a letter prepared by the Parent Council.

Commenting on the meeting, Mr Black said: “It is a welcome opportunity for me to follow up the Council engagement session last November by providing our parents with more information and also to try to answer any questions.

“I am grateful to our Parent Council for arranging this meeting to provide time for parents to consider this matter in more detail before considering any response to Fife Council.”

The meeting is also open to parents with children who will attend Bell Baxter High School in the future.

Individuals are also encouraged to comment to Fife Council online via www.fifedirect.org.uk/educationprovision or email servimp.ecsd@fife.gov.uk by January 31.

The Parent Council has been given permission to submit its letter after this date.

The meeting takes place in Bell Baxter’s assembly hall and will begin at 7pm.