Current school consultations
Dunvegan Primary School
We have been seeking the views of local communities on a possible relocation of this school, in connection with the proposed construction of a new school. Under the proposal the current school would move to new site at Lonmore, on the edge of the village of Dunvegan.
The public consultation exercise closed on 19 December and a public meeting was held on 30 November. We are now seeking the views of Education Scotland. A Final Report is likely to be submitted to the Education, Children and Adult Services Committee in the spring of 2017.
Achfary Primary School
On 15 December 2016 we agreed to discontinue the provision of education at Achfary Primary School, re-assigning the school’s catchment area to that of Scourie Primary School.
We have notified Scottish Ministers of our decision and provided them with a copy of the Proposal Paper and Consultation Report. They have an 8 week period from the date of our decision (15 December 2016) to decide if they will intervene by issuing a call-in notice. Within the first 3 weeks of that 8 week period, they will take account of any relevant representations made to them by any person on whether the decision should be called in, or not called in, for review by a School Closure Review Panel. All representations should be sent to the email address or the postal address below and the deadline for this is Wednesday 4 January 2017. In recognition of the four public holidays during this representation period, Scottish Ministers have advised they will consider representations received until midnight on Sunday 8 January 2017.
Anyone wishing to make a representation to the Scottish Ministers is asked to email email@example.com or write to the School Infrastructure Unit, Scottish Government, 2-D (S) Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ, by midnight 8 January 2017 at the latest.
We will await the outcome of Scottish Ministers’ considerations.
Black Isle Education Centre
We have been seeking the views of local communities on the future of the Black Isle Education Centre.
There are currently no young people enrolled as pupils. Those who are still attending are on a part-time basis, and we propose to provide support to them in other ways.
The public consultation period closed on 24 August 2016. A public meeting was held at the Centre on 29 June 2016. A final report is likely to be submitted to the Education, Children's and Adult Services Committee early in 2017.
Kinbrace Primary School
We have published our Final Consultation Report into our proposal to discontinue the provision of education at Kinbrace Primary School.
The original consultation on the proposal ran from 30 May to 24 August 2016 and attracted responses from parents, pupils, residents and other interested parties.
The Final Consultation Report is to be submitted to the Education, Children and Adult Services (ECAS) Committee on 26 January 2017.
The Director of Care and Learning has reviewed:
- All of the submissions
- The note of the meeting
- The Education Scotland report
And has had special regard to:
- Alternatives to closure
- The community impact
- The impact of travelling arrangements
After carrying out the above review, the Director has concluded the proposal to close Kinbrace Primary School offers educational benefits and should be implemented. He will recommend this to the Committee.
Full details of the reasons for the recommendation are contained within the Final Report and associated papers, which can be accessed using the link below.
Between now and 9 January 2017, members of the public are invited to provide comments which will be tabled at the ECAS Committee meeting. This will allow Elected Members to take into account any further representations in relation to the recommendation contained within the Consultation Report before agreeing a decision.
You are invited to forward any written comments on the consultation report to Barry Northedge, Area Quality Improvement Manager, Highland Council Offices, Drummuie, Golspie, KW10 6TA or by email to CL-CRM.Sutherland@highland.gov.uk to arrive not later than 9 January 2017.
Paper copies are also available for inspection at the Helmsdale, Golspie and Bettyhill Public Libraries, and at the Highland Council Offices at Drummuie, Golspie.