Council cutbacks may floor dance school

4th July 1997 at 01:00
Four of the 13 new pupils enrolling in Scotland's national dance school at Knightswood Secondary in Glasgow next session have not yet secured funding from their local authority.

Argyll and Bute has decided not to meet the costs of any new pupils, while Aberdeenshire will only pay for tuition leaving parents to pick up the Pounds 3,900 bill for accommodation at St Andrew's College.

Parents are worried at the long-term future of the 14-year-old school as councils tighten their belts and are pressing the Scottish Office to place the school, which has 70 dance pupils, on a more secure footing. Knightswood is in the Anniesland constituency of Donald Dewar, the Secretary of State.

One of the ironies for next session is that none of the 13 new pupils is from Glasgow, where few children have applied. The city council will examine ways of marketing the school, a spokesman said.

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