MSP’s top level talks over Tanshall closure

Banner protesting Tanshall school closure
Banner protesting Tanshall school closure

Glenrothes MSP Tricia Marwick is to have talks with education secretary Michael Russell over Fife Council’s decision to close Tanshall School.

The presiding officer, says the the authority’s decision to rationalise the school estate should have no bearing on the decision to shut which should have been made on educational grounds only.

“Fife Council has not made a case for the closure of Tanshall based on educational grounds ,” Mrs Marwick said.

“It’s clear from Educational Scotland Inspectors’ reports that this is an improving school and there is no educational benefit to the children from its closure.

The MSP has been following closely the closure proposals since they were first made public back in March 2013 and has met on a number of occasions with parents.

She added: “I’ve been reluctant to get involved because there was a defined Fife Council process taking place.

“But now that process has been completed it was only right that I gave the submission made by campaigners to the education secretary absolute support.”

Mrs Marwick has joined fellow SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing in backing the parents request for the closure to be ‘called in’ for ministerial consideration.

“It’s clear to me that the children of Tanshall will not be better educated elsewhere,” said Mrs Marwick.

“The school has an inspirational headteacher in Elaine Davidson a committed staff team, a highly respected community group that is based at the school and residents that want it to remain open.”