Following reports that the City of Edinburgh Music School faces an uncertain future, Deidre Brock MP has written to the Council's Education Committee calling for a rethink and assurances that the specialist service will remain open. The school is based in Flora Stevenson Primary and in Broughton High, in Deidre's constituency of Edinburgh North and Leith.
"I'm shocked to see that closure of the school is even being considered
"The proposals being put forward are short-sighted. This isn't just an Edinburgh School, it's a National Centre of Excellence and is funded by the Scottish Government – if the council closes the school it will lose the funding so there would be no saving from closing the school"
"The Council must change tack and give assurance that the school will stay open and will continue to be a Centre of Excellence, providing the intensive music training that has already allowed so many pupils to hone their remarkable talents and make a career in music.
"I've written to Councillor Perry who is Convener of the Education Committee to make the case for the school and I'll continue to fight for it"