School clo­sure plans

Con­sul­ta­tion starts

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Kaiya Mar­jorib­anks

A con­sul­ta­tion started this week on the per­ma­nent clo­sure of Trossachs Pri­mary School.

Coun­cil­lors agreed the move at last week’s meet­ing of the chil­dren and young peo­ple com­mit­tee.

The con­sul­ta­tion will run un­til Fe­bru­ary 8 and a de­ci­sion will be taken in April.

Trossachs Pri­mary, which served Brig o’ Turk and the sur­round­ing area, was moth­balled in 2016.

The school had a ca­pac­ity of 25 but the roll had de­clined to an av­er­age of seven pupils.

This in­cluded some pupils liv­ing in the Cal­lan­der Pri­mary School catch­ment area who at­tended Trossachs Pri­mary School through a plac­ing re­quest.

By Au­gust 2016 the roll at the school had fallen to zero.

Once the school was moth­balled the catch­ment area of Cal­lan­der Pri­mary School was ex­tended.

The coun­cil said pro­jec­tions for the Trossachs Pri­mary School catch­ment in­di­cate that pos­si­ble pupil num­bers will not in­crease over the next four years.

Com­mit­tee con­vener Su­san McGill, said: “Since this process started we have fully en­gaged with the com­mu­nity to hear their views on the fu­ture of the school.

“This con­sul­ta­tion will al­low us to gather fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the pro­posal to per­ma­nently close the school, which in­clude the ed­u­ca­tional ben­e­fits for chil­dren and the im­pact on staff, par­ents and the wider com­mu­nity. We will also con­sider any al­ter­na­tives.”

For in­for­ma­tion on the con­sul­ta­tion visit my.stir­ling.­vices/coun­ciland-gov­ern­ment/politi­cians­e­lec­tions-and-democ­racy/ con­sul­ta­tion/cur­rent­con­sul­ta­tions.

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