Council bid to close three Skye schools fails

Pupils at Edinbane school
Pupils at Edinbane school

A Highland Council proposal to close three north Skye schools has failed.

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Councillor Millar said he was “disappointed” with the decision

The local authority have acknowledged the judgement of Sheriff James Tierney in the case of Highland Council against the School Closure Review Panel, in which the Sheriff confirms the decision of the School Closure Review Panel to refuse consent for a new community school in north west Skye at Dunvegan. The proposed 100-pupil school would have replaced the current schools at Edinbane, Knockbreck and Struan.

Skye councillor Drew Millar, chair of the education, children and adult services committee said: “The council is disappointed at this decision. We have not yet had time to fully consider the written judgement, and will reflect further on these matters, once we have had an opportunity to do so. The council remains committed to providing the highest quality of education to the children of north west Skye.”

Read more in this week’s West Highland Free Press.

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