Broadford Primary should be considered for investment

Broadford Primary School on Skye — ranked 166th out of 178 schools in the Highland primary estate — should be considered for future investment, according to a report due to go before Highland Council yesterday (Wednesday).

However, the paper compiled for the education, children and adult services committee, makes no promises as to what level of upgrade schools might be in line for — or indeed when any work might happen.

Broadford has been identified as a school in “class C” condition — a grading rated as “poor” with regard to the state of the buildings and the suitability of facilities for an expanding school roll.

Also recommended for further assessment are the mainland primaries at Lochcarron, Plockton and Ullapool, along with Kilmuir in Skye — the latter subject to a separate review which will examine education provision for all of the Trotternish peninsula.

The report, compiled by senior education officials, stresses that “at this stage there is no guarantee there will be any capital investment in any of these schools.” It adds: “However, a more detailed examination of the issues affecting each school will help to clarify those schools that are in most immediate need of investment.”

Broadford Primary currently has a roll of 94, which is projected to incease above 100 in the coming years. The initial findings of a study carried out by consultants Caledonian Economics into the Skye primary schools estate last year suggested “adaptations are required” to address building issues at Broadford.

The study suggested an idea be explored to create a “multi-service community hub”, which would combine the primary school in Broadford with a new council service point and sports facilities.
The council report also notes that further proposals relating to the Staffin and Kilmuir Primary School catchment areas will come before the August meeting of the education committee.