Razor-sharp Gorbals sees off the hitmen

8th November 1996 at 00:00
There is still legal life in closure threatened John Bosco's in the Gorbals, the only school to go for opting out twice. The story goes like this.

Parents never managed the first ballot within the three-month statutory period at the end of September and Glasgow City Council agreed to close the secondary at the October break. Undaunted parents went ahead but stuck in another petition on September 17 in case the first was declared invalid.

As everyone ran for QC's advice, the Scottish Office admitted it had no rules to cover such an eventuality. Parents, advised by the school board to abstain in the first ballot of the first petition, largely did so. They are now voting in the first petition, second ballot. In the meantime, the second petition, first ballot has been declared void.

The school remains open.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now