The construction of a £25 million Dalbeattie Learning Campus has moved a step closer.
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Fifty-four pupils from Dalbeattie Academy have returned home, after they were caught up in a bus crash on a school trip to France:
Pupils and staff involved in a bus crash, while on a school trip to France, arrived back in Dumfries and Galloway today.
Eight pupils and one teacher from Dalbeattie High School were taken to hospital following the crash in Normandy on Monday.
The teacher had to be cut from the bus, and suffered serious leg injuries, but the pupils have all now been discharged.
Fifty-four students from Dalbeattie were on the trip.
Sixty pupils and teachers from Dalbeattie, involved in a bus crash in France, are returning home. One teacher has serious leg injuries.Read the full story ›
Dumfries & Galloway Council has released the following statements regarding the Dalbeattie school bus crash in France:
A bus carrying pupils from Dalbeattie High School was involved in a road traffic collision in France yesterday afternoon.
54 pupils and 6 adults were on a trip to Normandy. A car collided with the bus.
8 pupils were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. 3 pupils were kept in hospital for observation last night but have now been discharged and have re-joined the rest of the party. 1 teacher remains in hospital.
The Council has taken the decision to bring all of the children home. French police will be interviewing pupils and staff today.
The well-being of all those on the trip is our priority. Following discussions, we have decided to bring the group home. The group has been given excellent support locally. We are in regular contact with the group and are continuing to monitor situation.
Parents of pupils involved in a bus crash in France have been told that their children will be returning home.
Above is the text message sent out by Dalbeattie High School.
Parents of pupils involved in a school bus crash in France were informed of the accident by text message.
Dalbeattie High School sent out a series of group text messages informing parents that there had been an accident.
They were then told that all pupils were safe.
But pupils who had been in direct contact with their parents told them some of the group had been taken to hospital.
It is now known that eight pupils have been taken to hospital for treatment.
Tammy Sharpe, whose 12-year-old daughter Brooke is on the trip, says she has not heard anything today and is anxiously awaiting an update.
It's just awful not knowing.
We've not heard anything from the school at all today.
It's a mother's worst nightmare.
Below are the pictures of the messages sent to parents:
Tammy Sharpe, from Dalbeattie, says she's scared but relieved after finding out her 12-year-old daughter Brooke was involved in the bus crash.
"I just want her home"
"It was awful and just so scary. My daughter is upset and scared but she's ok.
"I just want her home. It was horrible knowing how upset she was and I couldn't be with her.
"My daughter says that they're letting the kids decide today if they want to come home or not."
Eight pupils from a school in Dumfries and Galloway have been treated in hospital following a bus crash in France, it has been reported.
They were part of a group from Dalbeattie High School on a trip to Normandy when their coach was involved in a collision with a car.
The incident happened on Monday afternoon.
None of the casualties are thought to have life-threatening injuries.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said they were in contact with the authorities in France and with the school to offer consular assistance to those involved.