Pri­mary school shut as all its pupils leave

The Herald - - NEWS - GE­ORGE MAIR

A COUN­CIL has moth­balled one of Scot­land’s small­est schools – af­ter its five pupils left.

Stir­ling Coun­cil said Buchanan Pri­mary School in the vil­lage of Mil­ton of Buchanan, near Loch Lomond, would be “tem­po­rar­ily closed” un­til at least 2019.

The roll at Buchanan Pri­mary has fallen steadily in re­cent years, with just five pupils from the sur­round­ing area en­rolled in 2017, down from more than 20 in 2014. All five chil­dren have since re­quested and ac­cepted a place at nearby Dry­men Pri­mary, leav­ing the school roll empty.

Stir­ling Coun­cil said staff have all been re­al­lo­cated roles.

Su­san McGill, the coun­cil’s ed­u­ca­tion con­venor, said: “The de­ci­sion to moth­ball any school is never taken lightly.

“How­ever, with the re­main­ing five pupils choos­ing to at­tend Dry­men, we have agreed to moth­ball Buchanan Pri­mary School un­til 2018/19.”

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