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Parents back rural school closure

Glenzier Primary
Pupil numbers have fallen steadily at Glenzier Primary

Proposals to close a small rural school in southern Scotland have been supported by parents.

Dumfries and Galloway councillors are being asked to approve the start of formal consultation on the closure of Glenzier Primary.

It is one of the first proposals to be made since the Scottish Government unveiled legislative efforts to safeguard the future of rural schools.

If the move goes ahead the 13-pupil primary would be closed by the summer.

Dumfries and Galloway Council will meet to discuss the proposals next week.

'Lack of numbers'

It will be told the school roll at Glenzier has fallen dramatically in the last three years.

There are now just three pupils in P1 to P4.

Following a detailed review, proposals have now been put forward to close the school.

"The parental representation on the review group support the closure of the school in a manner which allows the celebration of the life of the school," operations manager Keith Best said.

"The parents reluctantly came to the view that the school should close due to the lack of numbers and the decrease in opportunities for pupils to interact with peers."

If the closure goes ahead, pupils would transfer to Canonbie Primary which is about three miles away.

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