Meet­ing over school

Breadal­bane par­ents’fears

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pupils move to Breadal­bane to com­plete their last two years of school.

If this were to hap­pen, fu­ture pupil num­bers at Breadal­bane could de­crease.

The worse case sce­nario for S5 and S6 be­ing taught at PHS would be the loss of 50-60 pupils from the Breadal­bane roll.

There are fears fewer pupils could lead to less teach­ing staff and ul­ti­mately to the Aber­feldy school be­ing un­able to of­fer Ad­vanced Highers.

The Breadal­bane Academy Par­ent Coun­cil in­vited par­ents to dis­cuss these mat­ters in a meet­ing at the cam­pus last night, called af­ter the Christ­mas break and be­fore the sched­uled par­ent coun­cil meet­ing at the end of Jan­uary.

Cen­tral to the par­ent body’s con­cern is that in out­lin­ing op­tions for Pit­lochry High School, Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil did not con­sult Breadal­bane Academy, de­spite some of the op­tions pro­vi­sion­ally on the ta­ble hav­ing an ef­fect on the po­ten­tial for at­tain­ment at Breadal­bane.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the par­ent coun­cil at Breadal­bane Academy called this om­mi­sion “sur­pris­ing”. The chair had writ­ten to Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil be­fore Christ­mas to ask to be given a “rough idea” of num­bers the S5 and S6 trans­fer op­tion would in­cur.

In re­ply, the au­thor­ity had stressed that it did not need to con­sult Breadal­bane Academy about the im­pact from po­ten­tial op­tions for Pit­lochry High School, as no rec­om­men­da­tions had been made as yet.

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