Education to be officially ended at mothballed Uig Primary on Skye

Highland Council headquarters In Inverness. NO F19 council HQ
Highland Council headquarters In Inverness. NO F19 council HQ

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The Highland Council last week agreed to discontinue the provision of education at Uig Primary School, permanently transferring its catchment to that of Kilmuir Primary School.

A copy of the consultation report, together with the original proposal paper and all relevant appendices is now available from www.highland.gov.uk/schoolconsultations.

The council says it 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.

Uig Primary School was mothballed at the end of session 2009/10, when the roll fell to just two pupils.

The most significant reason for closure is that evidence suggests the number of children who would attend a re-opened Uig Primary School would be too low to make the school viable, and that there would be educational disadvantages arising from such a decision.

Other factors include the length of time that Uig Primary has been mothballed, and the condition of the Uig school building. Lastly, Kilmuir Primary School is itself a remote rural school.

Council officials have already said re-opening Uig Primary would have a negative educational impact on pupils from Uig, and those at Kilmuir primary where Uig catchment area pupils have been going since 2010.

The council has notified Scottish ministers of the decision and provided them with a copy of the proposal paper and consultation report.

They have an eight-week period from September 9 to decide if they will intervene by issuing a call-in notice.

Within the first three weeks of that eight-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, by a School Closure Review Panel.

All representations should be sent to the email address or the postal address below and the deadline is Wednesday, September 29.

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 on September 29 at the latest.

The council added in a statement: ‘We will await the outcome of Scottish ministers’ considerations.’