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School closures confirmed by ECS Committee

Issued: 5 Aug 2010

The Highland Council's Education Culture and Sport Committee today (Thursday 5 August 2010) agreed to amalgamate or close rural primary schools which it has deemed to be no longer educationally viable.

Under the terms of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010, the Council recently carried out consultations in Lochaber, Skye and West Ross and has now agreed to:

  • Amalgamate Fort William Primary School and Upper Achintore Primary School in a new school on a site yet to be identified.
  • Build a new Caol Primary School and to merge Lochyside RC Primary School and Fort William RC Primary School and build a new replacement Roman Catholic school on a joint campus at the site of the current Caol Primary School.
  • Close the mothballed Achaphubuil Primary School and realign the existing delineated area of the school between Banavie Primary School and Ardgour Primary School.
  • Close the mothballed Glenborrodale Primary School (Ardnamurchan) and extend the delineated area of Acharacle Primary School to encompass that of Glenborrodale Primary School.
  • Close the mothballed Achnasheen Primary School and extend the delineated area of Kinlochewe Primary School to encompass the community of Achnasheen.
  • Close the mothballed Borrodale Primary School and extend the delineated area of Dunvegan Primary School to encompass that of Borrodale Primary School.
  • Close Uig Primary School on a temporary basis for 2 years during which time primary and pre-school provision for the delineated area of Uig Primary School and Kilmuir Primary School will be provided at Kilmuir Primary School. During this period the longer term pre-school and primary school provision for North Skye will be reviewed.
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