The SNP group of councillors are once again calling on the comhairle to prioritise
Stornoway Primary for urgent improvements.
Cllr John Mitchell, education spokesperson for the group, was invited to visit the
school by parents.
Cllr Mitchell, who has more than 40 years of experience working in the education
system, believes the facilities were inadequate for a school with over 600 pupils.
He said: “My conclusion is that – for the numbers attending – this school is inadequate
in a number of key areas and, despite the very best efforts of the management and
staff of the school, the above serious shortcomings must have a significantly negative
effect on pupils and staff alike.”
He highlighted the inadequate size of the gym; the lack of changing facilities; unsuitable
teaching areas; and the waterlogged playing fields.
Mr Mitchell accepted the council faced “stringent” financial pressures but urged
more focus to make improvements at the school.
A council spokesman said: “At the December series of meetings, the comhairle agreed
that consideration of capital investment at Stornoway Primary School be considered
when determining the balance of unallocated capital funds.
“Facilities have improved in Stornoway Primary as they have across the entire school
“Stornoway Primary has all the resources and building facilities to meet both teaching
and pupil needs.
“The school estate investment plan and criteria used to undertake work is transparent
and been approved by all members including the SNP Group.”