Par­ents fear school’s fate sealed

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

Par­ents whose chil­dren at­tend a pri­mary school out­side Dundee have raised fears that Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil chiefs are work­ing to en­gi­neer its clo­sure to save money.

Abernyte Pri­mary’s school roll has dwin­dled to just five chil­dren.

Fam­i­lies say young­sters from neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties on the north side of the A90 have been pre­vented from join­ing the school and have in­stead been sent to Inch­ture pri­mary which is near ca­pac­ity.

Now Abernyte is one of 10 pri­mary schools whose fu­ture is in jeop­ardy, with clo­sure one of the op­tions be­ing con­sid­ered as part of the coun­cil’s es­tates re­view.

Par­ent coun­cil chair­man Ger­ard McGoldrick said: “Our school roll has been dwin­dling for the last few years and is now part the coun­cil’s es­tates re­view, which we be­lieve is es­sen­tially about clos­ing schools to save money.

“We have at­tempted to change the school’s catch­ment area to as it is crazy that Knapp and Kin­naird and other small vil­lages and ham­lets can­not send pupils to the school.

“Our opin­ion is the coun­cil had in­ten­tion­ally let the school num­bers go down.”

Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil said: “The con­sul­ta­tion event for Abernyte Pri­mary School has still to take place.

“No de­ci­sions have been made and we are con­sid­er­ing ev­ery op­tion avail­able to us in re­la­tion to each school as part of the process.”

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