Published 09 March 2023

West Dunbartonshire Council has received encouraging feedback from residents on plans to create a new Additional Support Needs (ASN) School on the former site of Riverside Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC).

 The consultation results on the proposal which will change the use of the former ELCC to a secondary school for additional support needs was discussed at today’s (8 March) Educational Services Committee.  

 During the consultation period residents gave positive feedback at public meetings; an online survey; and in a written response.  

 In addition, Education Scotland were supportive, responding: “HM Inspectors agree that the proposal has the potential to bring clear educational benefits for young people with additional support needs attending the new school. A shared campus will create joint learning opportunities for both the new school and the existing primary school”.

If approved, the new school will enhance the 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.

Convener of Educational Services, Councillor Clare Steel, said: “I would like to thank all the parents and carers who shared their views with us during the consultation. It is encouraging to see the public support we have for the potential addition to our school estate and we are committed to providing education in purpose built and modern classroom for all our children and young people to learn and achieve.”   

Councillor John Miller, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: “I know the opportunity to be consulted on the proposal was welcomed by parents and carers of young people who will use this new school.  It is pleasing to see families supporting the new school and also the positive comments from Education Scotland.”