New School Butterstone closure: independent review


The Scottish Government has asked James Martin CBE to undertake an independent and impartial review into the closure of the New School Butterstone. 

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, parents and staff affected.

This review will consider 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. 

The primary purpose of the Review is to consider this information fully and, if applicable, identify any learning that could enhance practice in the future.

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