Inveravon Primary School
Inveravon Primary School is a remote rural school which is part of the Speyside Associated Schools Group (ASG). The Children and Young People’s Committee agreed on 23 August 2017 to mothball the school from August 2017 as a consequence of the roll falling to zero at the end of the academic year 2017/18.
The term ‘mothballing’ is used to refer to a temporary decision to close a school where the roll has fallen to zero. Mothballing does not in itself lead to statutory consultation and provides the opportunity for a school to reopen should circumstances change.
Consultation on mothballing the school took place with parents and the community in September 2017 and there was no appetite for the school to remain open other than to be available for the local community as a hall for activities.
Since then, there have been no requests from parents to enrol their children at the school during the Primary 1 enrollment periods in January 2018, January 2019, January 2020 and January 2021. Consequently, during this period the school has remained mothballed.
The Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 states that under normal circumstances the maximum period for mothballing should not exceed 3 years. Covid-19 has been a barrier to full and effective engagement and consultation and thus, the mothballing period has been extended beyond the recommended period. .
At the Education, Children’s and Leisure Services Committee on Wednesday 24 November 2021, committee members agreed to support community engagement as part of the options appraisal process to identify the future options to be considered for Inveravon Primary School.
One of the options identified as part of the options appraisal process is the closure of the school. If this is considered to be the only viable option for the school then the council must undertake a statutory consultation under the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010.
As a rural school, there is a presumption against closure and the council must ensure that all other alternatives have been identified and robustly considered prior to undertaking any statutory consultation.
We understand that the Inveravon community must have the opportunity to present alternatives to closure for us to consider. Therefore, as part of the options appraisal process, engagement with the community is being undertaken to explore all of the possible options for the future of the school.
Details of upcoming meetings and other ways to get in contact can be accessed here.