'Best value'argument

5th June 1998 at 01:00
The council says that the merger of Stornoway's two schools, which was rejected in 1995, is being driven by the Government's policy of demanding "best value" in local authority services.

Lews Castle School, where Mr Galbraith's wife teaches, is less than a mile from the Nicolson and has only 200 pupils. Uniquely in Scotland, it runs vocational courses for students aged 14-16 and has itself been at the centre of disputes over the allocation of pupils between the two schools.

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