Lothian pupils take action on confidential files

Former pupils of a residential school in Perthshire are taking action against Edinburgh City Council in response to a security lapse that has seen confidential files disappear.

Redgorton House School was an independent institution used by the council for young women with behavioural and emotional problems.

It was closed down in 2004 as a result of significant shortcomings identified in a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education, the Scotsman reports.

However, when the mansion building was placed on the market, confidential files and photos of former pupils were found to have been left behind – and since the sale they have disappeared.

Anne Guy, one ex-pupil at Redgorton, stumbled upon the issue while considering legal action on other failings of the former school.

"I requested my files four weeks ago – that was the first time I realised they were missing. I contacted the school but realised it had closed," she explains.

"It’s amazing no-one is taking responsibility for something that is very important."

Last week the Scotsman reported that a "rash" of legal challenges is predicted for the council from parents whose children are refused access to their favoured primary school.