Six posts threatened in nursery shut down

Donaldson's parents campaign logo to save nursery
Donaldson's parents campaign logo to save nursery

Donaldson’s School has announced that, following a major review it is to close the school nursery next month which will result in redundancies.

The six nursery staff who are to be included in the restructuring consultation are unlikely to be offered other posts a source told the Journal and Gazette this week.

A spokeswoman for the school said: “A number of posts have been identified as potentially impacted by the proposed restructure.

‘‘The school will be taking steps to minimise the impact of the restructure on staff as much as possible.”

Only last year the school was in turmoil after revelations revealed police were investigating allegations of sex offences, and was also served with an improvement notice by the Scottish Government.

The review of the school’s activities was instigated in November 2014 when the then new principal, Laura Battles, decided that appropriate procedures were not being followed and issues needed to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Fiona Pashley, spokeswoman for a newly created parents’ action group told us: “The closure of the nursery is not a fait-accompli and we, a concerned group of parents have opened negotiations with the school and started a campaign to save it. Our website can be accessed at”