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Village school to be 'mothballed'

16 November 09 15:54 GMT

A tiny village school in rural Perthshire is to be mothballed after its pupil numbers dropped to just two.

Lochearnhead Primary School, which was opened in 1897, is being temporarily closed and its last remaining pupils moved to Strathyre Primary School.

Officials at Stirling Council said they would meet to consider the future of the school in May next year.

The news comes after the then Scottish Executive refused council moves to shut the school permanently in 2007.

The local authority said that the parents of the last two pupils had made it clear that they intended to send their children to school in Strathyre.

'No alternative'

The council added that there were no other children of pre-school age living in the Lochearnhead area.

Education Councillor Graham Lambie said: "It is regrettable that the Council has had to mothball the school but there is no alternative at the moment with the school soon having no pupils.

"Parents have made a considered choice, which we can fully understand.

"Rural schools have a very important social and economic role within the community and it is hoped that one day the Lochearnhead community will again have pupils at the local primary school."

The council said staff at the school, which consists of two classrooms, school office and dining room, would be consulted on their future with a view to identifying suitable posts to which they might transfer.

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