Rothesay parent council issues statement after meeting

The parent council at Rothesay Joint Campus met the school's new acting principal, John Lawson, and Argyll and Bute Council's executive director of community services, Cleland Sneddon, on November 26.
The parent council at Rothesay Joint Campus met the school's new acting principal, John Lawson, and Argyll and Bute Council's executive director of community services, Cleland Sneddon, on November 26.

The parent council at Rothesay Joint Campus has issued a statement following a meeting at the school this week to discuss recent concerns surrounding Rothesay Academy.

Parent council members met John Lawson, the acting campus principal, and Cleland Sneddon, Argyll and Bute Council’s executive director of community services, on Tuesday to discuss the issues arising from a ruling by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman that the Academy had “unreasonably failed” to follow correct procedures when dealing with a child protection issue.

The parent council’s statement, in full, is as follows.

“The parent council of Rothesay Joint Campus met with Cleland Sneddon and acting principal John Lawson on Tuesday, November 26.

“Questions were asked regarding the upheld complaints that were covered by the media. Reassurances were sought and given that lessons have been learned. Clarification was given to the parent council.

“The concerns were robustly discussed, bearing in mind the views of the wider parent body which the parent council represents.

“The parent council heard from Cleland Sneddon that all schools’ child protection procedures will be updated in line with new procedures being issued for the west of Scotland. The education authority has committed to provide further training for all staff in relation to these procedures.

“The parent council acknowledged the many positive achievements of the campus and the need to promote these in the community.”