Ban on school dance helicopter drop
Published 16/06/2010 | 13:31
A parent was banned from flying a child to an end-of-term primary school dance in a helicopter, it was revealed.
The local authority rejected the request made earlier this week on health and safety grounds.
The parent wanted to fly the 11-year-old to the ceilidh at Mearns Primary School in upmarket Glasgow suburb Newton Mearns.
A spokesman for East Renfrewshire Council said: "A parent approached us looking to land a helicopter in the school grounds but we refused that request because the school would have needed to spend time cordoning off areas to keep children safe.
"Their time is better spent teaching the children. If there was an educational benefit for the school, we would be happy to look seriously at this. But there was no benefit.
"East Renfrewshire Council prides itself on its health and safety record and we have this event to celebrate the seven years that these children have spent with us in primary education and give them a big send-off. For some, it is their first formal dance."
A spokeswoman for the charity One Parent Families Scotland said: "The cost of end-of-term parties can put pressure on parents. Schools need to be sensitive to the financial circumstances of all parents.
"It's about having inclusive policies and the mechanisms for helping those who are in limited incomes so their children don't miss out.
"Children, being children, want to be part of the group."
The charity runs a freephone helpline for single parents in Scotland.