Leader, May 21 2021

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Pupils deserve better

This week’s front page article about Campbeltown Grammar School’s position in The Times league table of Scottish secondary schools is not intended to humiliate or shame any of the school’s pupils.

It is to highlight that they deserve better.

Children attending the school come from a range of socio-economic backgrounds, comparable to most other Argyll and Bute schools which all ranked much higher on the league table.

It has been pointed out that the staff and pupils have had a difficult year because of the Covid-19 pandemic but that is, of course, true for every school in Scotland.

Our children and our community deserve better – how will we ever attract people to live and work in the area when the only secondary school we have to offer is one of the lowest ranked in Scotland?

Robbie to the rescue

When charity cyclist Harry Lidgley broke down in Kintyre, a call for assistance came through to the Courier from his mum, Jan, with whom we had been liaising about his visit to Campbeltown.

We were delighted to be able to put Harry in contact with Glenbarr man Robbie Semple, who had him back on the road in no time.

Robbie’s kindness in helping not only Harry, but many unfortunate cyclists, contributes to the kind reputation for which the peninsula is renowned.