School consultations and closure proposals

Current school consultations

Black Isle Education Centre

On Thursday 9 March 2017, we resolved to discontinue the provision of education at the Black Isle Education Centre (BIEC). The specialised support offered by the Centre will continue as part of the overall range of supports provided to pupils in Highland with social, emotional and behavioural needs, and be offered from a new location.  We have identified the former Killen Primary School, located a few miles from the BIEC, as a suitable location for this service. 

Final report

The Council is satisfied that implementation of closure is the most appropriate response to the reasons for formulating the original proposal identified by the authority. The detailed rationale behind this decision is set out in the consultation report, which includes an explanation of the educational benefits that would arise from closure, as well as assessments of the community impact and the travel arrangements that would apply following closure.

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 (9 March 2017) 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 29 March 2017. 

Anyone wishing to make a representation to the Scottish Ministers is asked to email schoolclosure@gov.scot or write to the School Infrastructure Unit, Scottish Government, 2-D (S) Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ, by midnight 29 March 2017 at the latest.

We will await the outcome of Scottish Ministers’ considerations.

Kinbrace Primary School

On Thursday 9 March 2017, Highland Council resolved to discontinue the provision of education at Kinbrace Primary School, dividing its catchment area between those of Helmsdale and Melvich Primary Schools.  

Kinbrace Primary consultation papers

The Council is satisfied that implementation of closure is the most appropriate response to the reasons for formulating the original proposal identified by the authority. The detailed rationale behind this decision is set out in the consultation report, which includes an explanation of the educational benefits that would arise from closure, as well as assessments of the community impact and the travel arrangements that would apply following closure.


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 (9 March 2017) 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 29 March 2017.  

Anyone wishing to make a representation to the Scottish Ministers is asked to email schoolclosure@gov.scot or write to the School Infrastructure Unit, Scottish Government, 2-D (S) Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ, by midnight 29 March 2017 at the latest.

We will await the outcome of Scottish Ministers’ considerations.

Catchment Boundary for Inverlochy Primary School and Lundavra Primary School

We want the views of local communities on a proposed change to the catchment boundary between Inverlochy Primary School and Lundavra Primary School. The change is being proposed to take account of a new housing development being built across the existing boundary.

The views of parents, the local community and others are being sought over a period extending from 6 February 2017 to 23 March 2017. A public meeting was held on 8 March 2017 at 7 pm in the Council Chambers, Lochaber House, Fort William.

Proposal papers

Comments on the proposal should be submitted to Ian Jackson, Education Officer, Area Care and Learning Office, Camaghael Hostel, Fort William, PH33 7NE, or by email to CLLochaberAdmin@highland.gov.uk to arrive no later than Thursday 23 March 2017.

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