Parents fear school’s fate sealed
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.”