Review Panel Overturns School Closure Decision

A panel, which was established to review school closure plans, has confirmed it has overturned a decision by a council in Scotland to close schools in the local area.

The Highland Council had proposed closing Dunvegan Primary School and Nursery Class, Struan Primary School and Nursery Class, Knockbreck Primary School and Nursery Class, and Edinbane Primary School and Nursing Class. The planned closured would have allowed for the building of a new purpose-built school in Dunvegan.

However, the School Closure Review Panel has now refused consent to close the schools.

In response to the decision, Councillor Drew Millar, and Chair of the Education, Children & Adult Services Committee, said: "We undertook an extensive consultation, taking account of the ideas and aspirations expressed by all of those involved.

"We listened to parents when we came to our decision, and we sought to accommodate the range of views. Many parents will share our disappointment, and we shall now take stock and consider the options, including whether the Council will lodge an appeal."

The Council said it was “disappointed” by the decision. It now has 14 days to lodge an appeal.


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