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Rural school closure moves closer

Glenzier Primary
Consultation is set to get under way on closing Glenzier Primary

Councillors have agreed to begin formal consultation on plans to close a rural primary school in southern Scotland.

Dumfries and Galloway Council will now start the process which could lead to the closure of Glenzier Primary.

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

Parents have already "reluctantly" agreed that it would be better for children if the 13-pupil primary shut.

Consultation could see the school closed by the summer.

Pupil numbers have fallen considerably in recent years and there are now just three pupils in P1 to P4.

It is forecast that the whole school roll would be in single figures by the next academic year.

Education officials say it means that opportunities for children to interact with others are limited.

If the closure goes ahead pupils would be offered places at Canonbie Primary which is about three miles away.

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