Bell rings for the final time

The final Calder Nursery class at their graduation with (l-r) nursery teacher Shona Wiseman and early years workers Elaine Clarkson and Diahann Hughes.
The final Calder Nursery class at their graduation with (l-r) nursery teacher Shona Wiseman and early years workers Elaine Clarkson and Diahann Hughes.

Calder Primary in Motherwell closed it’s doors for the final time last Wednesday, the victim of North Lanarkshire Council cuts.

Last October the council began a consultation on the closure of the school and associated nursery, arguing it was far below operational capacity.

Despite a high profile campign from parents to save it in February the council announced the closure to the sound of jeers and catcalls from the public gallery at Motherwell Civic Centre.

There was a slim ray of hope when the Scottish Government called the matter in for further examination, but in April they granted the closure.

Ahead of the closure of the 107-year-old facility, a series of events were held, including a special farewell event in the school last month.

The Scottish Government granted permission fior the children to finish up a day earlier than the rest of North Lanarkshire’s schools, but staff will remain on for the next few weeks to empty the building.

Acting headteacher Molli Scott admits to being taken aback by the support they have received .

She said: “We have received so many gifts and messages that we really don’t know what to do with them all, we have just been absolutely overwhelmed.

“I would personally like to thank the staff and everyone involved for their generosity, help and support over this time, especially our parents and families.

“I wish everyone who has been associated with Calder over its long history, all staff, former pupils, and familes, all the best for the future.”

The majority of the pupils have now transferred to either Glencairn or Muir Street Primary ahead of the school term resuming in August.