The Glasgow primary without a SINGLE Scottish pupil: 181 of school’s 222 children are from either Romania or Slovakia

  • Annette Street School in Glasgow has mainly Eastern European children
  • Headteacher is fundraising for games and extra classes to help pupils learn
  • Four out of five young students are from the families of Roma immigrants

Annette Street School is pleading for cash to help teach its Roma, Eastern European and Asian children, who don’t speak English as a first language.

Overall, 181 of the school’s 222 pupils are from Romania or Slovakia.

Admissions: Annette Street School, pictured, has 222 pupils but none are Scottish, it has been revealed today

Having fun: Headteacher Shirley Taylor at Annette Street Primary in Glasgow with some of her students - she is trying to extra funding to help pupils learn English

Help: The school is asking for crowd-funding to pay for interpreters and other aids for their children to learn English

Youngsters who have been in Scotland the longest often act as unofficial interpreters for other pupils.

Headteacher Shirley Taylor says: ‘We don’t have any Scottish children in the school at all. The majority of children attending are from either Slovakia or Romanian Roma families'

The primary has joined forces with students from Strathclyde Business School in a ‘crowd-funding’ appeal to raise cash through public donations to help buy teaching materials.

Mrs Taylor said: ‘We don’t have any Scottish children in the school at all. The majority of children attending are from either Slovakia or Romanian Roma families.

‘Families originally came from Slovakia because Govanhill is an area where migrant families come by tradition.

‘They settled in and then started communicating with families back home, and word got out for others to come to Annette Street Primary, and so they did.

‘And now the same thing is happening with our Romanian families. Most come from the same area and word has got back to their extended families that if you go to Glasgow, you should go to Annette Street.’

The cash raised will be spent on board games like Guess Who? or Articulate, which for £10 help pupils learn words and social skills, according to the cash appeal.

A donation of £100 could be used to pay for after school classes for students and parents to learn English together.

Around £200 may finance a trip away to the seaside or out of Glasgow into the Scottish countryside. £500 could fund a new playground and £1,000 would be enough for an outdoor classroom.

Teaching aids: An injection of cash could pay for games to help with English or educational trips to the seaside or countryside for the children

Mother-of-nine Ayesha Siddiqi currently has two children at the school.

The 54-year-old from Ayrshire said: ‘Lots of my friends sent their children here before, but then took them out and sent them to other nearby schools where there were more kids from Scotland’.

A Glasgow City Council spokesman said: ‘The diversity and many cultures in our classrooms across the city make Glasgow the wonderful city that we have become known for.

‘Our children and young people can all learn from each other. Almost 140 languages are spoken in our schools in Glasgow. Working and studying together brings tolerance.’

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