Sep 5 2012 By Louise Reilly
PUPILS at a newly-built £8.5 million primary school are being taught in a corridor.
Furious parents at St Vincent’s are demanding their children be provided with a custom-built classroom.
They say following August’s P1 intake, the state-of the art school’s 10 existing classrooms are inadequate.
Their P2 children are now housed in a cordoned off section of an open area within the primary which was opened six years ago.
Said one angry mum: “It seems almost unbelievable that, in a brand new school, our children are being taught in what is basically a corridor.
“The council have sectioned an area off with whiteboards, it doesn’t have walls, it doesn’t have a door and that is our children’s classroom.
“The children are being distracted by the noise from the dinner hall as the staff set up for lunch and people going to the school office have to walk through this area.
“Children as young as this are easily distracted and my daughter has told me she finds it difficult to concentrate.
“She can be doing her work and the noise from the canteen she forgets what she was doing.”
Another mum told the News: “This situation must be resolved. It is not as if the noise in this area is restricted to only certain times. The P1s go for lunch at a different time to the rest of the children, so it is disruptive for a good part of the day.
“My daughter says she finds it difficult to hear what her teacher is saying.
“Surely the council could construct a classroom with a door and give our children an adequate classroom.
“Considering the massive golden handshake they are giving their director of education, it is not much to ask.”
The parents fear the situation at the school is only going to get worse, as the nearby Lindsayfield housing state continues to grow and more families move into the school’s catchment area.
“Soon they might have to put up huts to accommodate the children, just like the old schools we have just got rid of,” added one parent.
A spokeswoman for South Lanarkshire Council said: “The P2 class is currently occupying a designated area which was previously used as a classroom for science.
“An open plan arrangement such as this is not unusual, and is currently happening in a number of schools.
“The school reports that the children are learning happily in this environment. Like every other class in the school, they are timetabled to access the library, gym hall, ITC suite, and take part in outdoor learning. The school has carefully timetabled activities to reduce any background noise in the dining hall.”