Pitlochry High pupil’s letter makes plea to save school.
Pupil makes heartfelt plea urging council to keep her secondary school open
A pupil at Pitlochry High School has written a heartfelt plea in an attempt to keep her school open.
Fione Cruikshank, 14, published a huge detailed document to her school and Perth and Kinross Council urging them to listen.
Pitlochry High is being considered for closure as part of a wide-ranging estates review.
Education chiefs are considering five options for the school, including closing the secondary section and moving pupils to Breadalbane Academy.
The council has announced a series of drop-in sessions to give the public a chance to have their say on proposals.
Fione is concerned their voice will not be heard and pinpointed eight specific reasons for keeping her school open.
The agricultural fanatic said her school has “made her dreams come true” and she wants to “tell the world” so her little sister will get the chance to attend.
She wrote: “Perth and Kinross Council are trying to close my amazing secondary school that has given me so many opportunities to contribute to my
I’m worried they won’t listen to us, so I want to tell the world what a great school we have so that they won’t close it. FIONE CRUIKSHANK
local community and explore the wildlife of Scotland.
“I would love my little sister and other younger local children to have the same opportunities as I’ve had at Pitlochry High School.
“The council have just started to run drop-in sessions to consult the local community about the school’s future.
“I’m worried they won’t listen to us, so I want to tell the world what a great school we have so that they won’t close it.
“The opportunities provided to me by my school and teachers have made my dreams come true.
“I have just got my first two highland heifer calves and I have started my agricultural career.
“This has been made possible because of my teachers at Pitlochry High School,” she said.
The opportunities that Fione listed include: David Eckersley Legacy Fund, The Struan Trust bursary, Imbewu programme, rotary chef courses, John Muir Award, Duke of Edinburgh, Youth Philanthropy Initiative Scotland and the school’s hosting of community cafés.
Each detail was accompanied by a description as to how it has benefited her – including The Struan Trust, which helped her purchase her calves.
The council’s school review team is in the second phase of discussions regarding Pitlochry’s future.
Last week parents backed a radical plan to close council building Pullar House in Perth and move staff into vacant offices on High Street, with the savings going towards school improvements.
A decision is yet to be made.
Pitlochry High School pupil and agricultural fanatic Fione Cruikshank with her first two highland heifer calves.