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Stoer Primary School - Finally Closure Is In Sight

13th March 2020

On Thursday 12 March 2020, The Highland Council resolved to discontinue the provision of education at Stoer Primary School, transferring its catchment to that of Lochinver Primary School.

A copy of the consultation report, together with the original proposal paper and all relevant appendices can be viewed below:

www.highland.gov.uk/schoolconsultations

The Council 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.

The Council has notified Scottish Ministers of it's decision and provided them with a copy of the Proposal Paper and Consultation Report. They have an 8 week period from the date of decision (12 March 2020) to decide if they will intervene by issuing a call-in notice. Within the first 3 weeks of that 8 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, for review by a School Closure Review Panel.

All representations should be sent to the email address or the postal address below and the deadline for this is Wednesday 1 April 2020.

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 1 April 2020 at the latest.

Highland Council will await the outcome of Scottish Ministers' considerations.

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