New School Butterstone closure: independent review


James Martin has undertaken a review into the closure of the New School Butterstone, which was completed in June 2020. The review was independent and non-statutory, and the conclusions and recommendations are the Reviewer’s own.

The New School was an independent special school in Perthshire, which provided education and care to young people with additional support needs. The impact of the school’s closure has been significant for the pupils, their families and staff affected. This review considers the procedures followed by the board of The New School Butterstone, the Care Inspectorate, Education Scotland, the Registrar of Independent Schools, all relevant local authorities and the Scottish Government in advance of the decision by the Board of Governors to close the School.

This is a comprehensive report and the Scottish Government will reflect carefully on the recommendations.