Pit­lochry High pupil’s let­ter makes plea to save school.

Pupil makes heart­felt plea urg­ing coun­cil to keep her sec­ondary school open

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - RYAN MA­HER rma­her@the­courier.co.uk

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.

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