Welcome letters sent to wrong pupils

East Renfrewshire council added insult to injury for six youngsters denied places at St Ninian’s high school.

A personalised letter to each of the candidates refusing their placing requests was sent on April 26.

However, a week later, the six families received a welcoming letter carrying an invitation to attend a parents’ evening at the school.

The St Angela’s pupils have been told their offers were mistakes caused by a “clerical error”.

An East Renfrewshire spokesman said: “All six families were required to make a placing request to attend St Ninian’s High and their applications were received after the closing date for requests.

“We accept that this should not have happened and that this error has led to uncertainty and upset for the six affected parents/guardians and children.

“We apologise unreservedly for this”.

Bernard Dowling’s — whose daughter Megan was one of the children who received the erroneous letter — described the apology as “feeble”.

He added that the situation caused his daughter “emotional distress”

ERC’s education committee voted in March to ensure that only East Ren pupils would have automatic entry to the school, while Glasgow pupils would have to submit placing requests.