Two weeks left until Abronhill High School's fate is known
Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
Published at 18:12 GMT on Tuesday 5th March, 2013.
 
Picture is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

DAYS ticked over to months for campaigners vying to save Abronhill High School from closure, next year, last week, as they handed in their Ministerial Call-in request.

North Lanarkshire Council voted, on 6th February, that Abronhill High should close next summer; moving the school’s staff and student populous to the town’s Cumbernauld High. However, campaigners rubbished the decision and appealed to the Scottish Government.

Under the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010, individuals can appeal to Government Ministers, asking them to review an authority’s decision to close or change their local school. 

The deadline for Abronhill High School campaigners was 26th February – a date marked in the diaries of many local campaigners.

 
 
Turning out in strength, last Tuesday, campaigners first met with Jamie Hepburn, SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, at the Scottish Parliament, before heading off to Victoria Quay to present their request to the Scottish Government. 

The group managed to muster an astounding number of Call-in requests, although the Scottish Government wouldn’t reveal how many representations it had received over the council’s decision. 

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “The Scottish Government is currently considering all the representations it has received about North Lanarkshire Council’s proposal to close this school.  A decision on whether to call it in will be made in due course.  The government is unable to comment further at this stage.”

The Scottish Government will announce in two weeks’ time whether or not it will be reviewing the council’s decision to amalgamate Abronhill and Cumbernauld High. 

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