Published 28 September 2022

West Dunbartonshire Council is seeking residents’ views on plans to create a new Additional Support Needs (ASN) School on the former site of Riverside Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC).

The Educational Services Committee approved the launch of the consultation on the proposal which will change the use of the former ELCC to a secondary school for additional support needs.  

 If approved, it will enhance learning of young people leaving primary schools across West Dunbartonshire.

The school, which will accommodate 36 pupils, will provide modern, fit-for-purpose educational facilities which are specifically designed to create a stimulating and supportive learning environment. It is proposed the design of the new school will provide a fully accessible and inclusive environment to accommodate the complex needs of the young people. The additional facility will also reduce using costly placements outwith the authority and keep local children’s education in West Dunbartonshire. 

The consultation will run for 33 days when schools are open to pupils from Monday 3 October 2022 to Friday 11 November 2022 and two public meetings will be held to give residents, parents and carers the chance to give their views.  The first meeting will be held online on Tuesday 25 October at 4pm and the next public meeting will be held the same day in St Martin’s Primary at 7.00pm.

Convener of Educational Services, Councillor Clare Steel, said: “I fully support the launch of this proposal which will allow parents the opportunity to make their voices heard on this vital issue.    I would encourage parents and carers to come forward and share their views and help us shape our future ASN service delivery.  Your views are really important to us.”   

Councillor Michelle McGinty, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: “I know the opportunity to be consulted on the proposal will be welcomed by parents and carers of young people who will use this new school.  We are also keen to hear the views of parents and carers of the children currently attending at St Martin’s Primary and I would encourage them to attend the meetings or submit their views so we discuss the plans and how these will work alongside the primary school.”

The Proposal Document will also be published on the West Dunbartonshire

Council website and copies will also be available from:

  • St Martin’s Primary School, Place of Bonhill, Renton, Alexandria G82 4QB
  • Alexandria Library, Gilmour Street, Alexandria G83 0DA
  • West Dunbartonshire Council, 16 Church Street, Dumbarton G82 1QL.
  • Clydebank Town Hall, 5 Hall St, Clydebank G81 1UB

Comments and representations can also be made phone 01389 737391; by email or in writing to the Chief Education Officer, West Dunbartonshire Council, 16 Church Street, Dumbarton G82 1QL.

The Proposal Document is also available in alternative formats or in translated form for anyone whose first language is not English.

Comments and representations should be received no later than Friday, 11th November 2022 and the

feedback from the consultation and the appropriate recommendations will be presented to the Educational Services Committee on 8 March 2023.