Dis­cus­sion at school over fu­ture plans

St Ninian’s hold com­mu­nity meet­ing

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Clark

A Perth city cen­tre pri­mary school is to hold a meet­ing tomorrow to dis­cuss po­ten­tially mov­ing out of the build­ing.

St Ninian’s Epis­co­pal Pri­mary School is invit­ing mem­bers of the public to have their say on the fu­ture of the de­nom­i­na­tional school in Perth in an in­for­mal com­mu­nity drop-in event from 3pm un­til 7pm on Wed­nes­day, August 30 in the school’s main hall.

The meet­ing, which is be­ing or­gan­ised by the school’s par­ent coun­cil, along with St Ninian’s Cathe­dral and Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil, will look at four dif­fer­ent op­tions for the school, one of which con­sid­ers its clo­sure.

The Dunkeld Road school has a to­tal class roll of 49, de­spite hav­ing the ca­pac­ity for 150 pupils, and cur­rently only uses three of its six class­rooms.

Fol­low­ing a re­view of all schools in Perth and Kin­ross by the coun­cil’s life­long learn­ing com­mit­tee in August last year, St Ninian’s re­ceived a grad­ing of ‘B’ from the coun­cil, de­scribed as “sat­is­fac­tory, per­form­ing well but with mi­nor prob­lems”.

The four op­tions pro­posed for St Ninian’s in­clude con­sid­er­ing shut­ting the school and send­ing the chil­dren to other catch­ment schools. Other op­tions to be dis­cussed in­volve keep­ing the school open but re­mov­ing its de­nom­i­na­tional (Epis­co­palian) sta­tus to cre­ate a new non-de­nom­i­na­tional catch­ment for the school, or keep­ing the school open and al­low­ing other coun­cil ser­vices to use the empty spa­ces Pro­pos­als af­fect­ing the con­tin­ued use of St Ninian’s Pri­mary School are on the ta­ble for par­ents tomorrow in­side the school build­ing.

A fourth op­tion in­cludes sim­ply do­ing noth­ing.

This con­sul­ta­tion is part of a wider re­view of school es­tates across Perth and Kin­ross, with sim­i­lar meet­ings on the fu­tures of a num­ber of schools sched­uled in the coming months, in­clud­ing Abernyte, Bal­housie, Blairingone, Lo­gieal­mond, Methven and North Muir­ton pri­mary schools, as well as the cur­rently moth­balled Forte­viot school.

Dur­ing tomorrow’s drop-in meet­ing at St Ninian’s feed­back will be gath­ered from par­ents and the wider com­mu­nity through ques­tion­naires on the four pro­posed op­tions for the school’s fu­ture.

The par­ent coun­cil will also be run­ning chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the event to al­low par­ents to go along and have their say.

Fu­ture plans

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