A Dundee mum has vowed to fight “tooth and nail” to keep her son’s specialist school open.
The independent New School at Butterstone in Perthshire will close its doors on Friday.
Parents were only told via e-mail on Monday that it would shut at the end of the week, because of “increased costs and a reduction of income”. According to the school’s website it can accommodate up to 40 children.
Lee Archibald, 37, from Charleston, said the sudden announcement of the closure had left both her and her son, Sol, “devastated”.
The specialist school has been working with children on the autistic spectrum and other additional needs for the last 25 years.
Earlier this month the Care Inspectorate issued the school with an improvement notice with a spokesman adding that immediate concerns had been dealt with.
Lee said Sol had just started at the school in August. She said: “I have seen a dramatic improvement in him thanks to the one–to–one support the school could offer.”
The 13–year–old, who previously attended Harris Academy, has autism, ADHD, dyslexia and an anxiety disorder.
Lee added: “This school has been a blessing for the children who have struggled in mainstream education. I’m devastated for the staff and the pupils at this announcement.”
A petition has been started by a family member of a pupil who was scheduled to start at the school next week. It has already gathered more than 3000 signatures from people calling for the Scottish Government to step in and broker a rescue package.
Lee said: “The Witherslack Group, a special needs education schools and care programmes provider, had been looking to take over the school recently. All of the parents have vowed we will fight tooth and nail to keep the school open.
“There have been so many families left devastated by this announcement – kids have been crying following the decision.”
A school spokesman said: “The board of governors did everything they could to keep the school open, however they have been left with no option but to close.”