Council approve plans for new school in Dunvegan

Highland Council have approved plans for a new community school in Dunvegan which will serve North West Skye.

The new school is planned to replace four current primary schools at Dunvegan, Edinbane, Knockbreck and Struan and will include Gaelic Medium Education provision.

At the full council meeting today (Thursday) members agreed with the recommendation already approved by the council’s Education, Children and Adult Services Committee.

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The plans mean that Edinbane Primary will close

The decision was made on the outcomes of a statutory consultation in May 2014.

Members also agreed to start immediate consultations with families who will be affected by these changes and might wish their children to attend Carbost or MacDiarmid Primaries.

Councillor Alasdair Christie, Chair of the Education, Children and Adult Services Committee, said: “I welcome the support for a new school in Dunvegan, which will provide educational benefit for children across North West Skye, and will be a tremendous new development for these communities.

“I am also keen to start early discussion with those families who are directly affected by these changes, where continuity in their children’s education might be achieved by them attending other local schools.

“I am appreciative of Council staff and local people and groups who contributed to this extensive consultation.”

The Final Report and associated papers for the new school can be found on the Council’s website at:

http://www.highland.gov.uk/info/893/schools_-_general_information/25/modern_school_buildings_programme/3