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Schools to remain - report states
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Schools with fewer than 75 pupils are being reviewed
A report on the future of seven small schools in the Borders has recommended that they should all remain open.

It is the latest stage in a review of the area's smallest primaries.

Coldingham, Eccles-Leitholm, Ettrick, Roberton, Walkerburn, Yarrow and Yetholm were considered by members of the council's education executive.

In all cases the recommendation was that the schools should remain, with a further review recommended for Roberton at the end of the year.

Scottish Borders Council has been carrying out a review of all of its schools with fewer than 75 pupils.

In the latest cases the recommendation was that the "status quo" should be maintained for the time being.

Further review

However, the report does make an exception for Roberton which was reprieved from closure against education department recommendations in 2004.

Continuing concerns about the roll have led officials to recommend a further review at the end of 2006.

Parents expressed fears that putting the schools on the list would affect future enrolment of pupils.

SBC insisted that the review meant more communication and support for the schools concerned.

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