The Scottish Government has approved Stirling Council’s decision to close Trossachs Primary School with effect from 28th June, or as soon as possible thereafter.

On 25th April, Stirling Council’s Children and Young People Committee considered the findings of a statutory consultation Committee Report and Consultation Report and approved a proposal to close the school.

As a result, the Council informed Scottish Ministers of the proposal, instigating an eight-week period from 25th April where the Scottish Government would decide whether or not to call-in the decision.

Legislation allowed for any person to make representations either for or against the closure to Scottish Ministers within three weeks of Stirling Council taking their final decision. That period expired on 15 May 2019 and no representations were received.

In a letter to Stirling Council, the Scottish Government stated: “Having reviewed Stirling Council’s Proposal Paper and Consultation Report, the Scottish Ministers consider that Stirling Council has fulfilled its obligations under the 2010 Act (Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010) and consequently have decided not to issue a call-in notice for this proposal.”

Trossachs Primary School, which is designated as a remote rural school, was mothballed in sessions 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19, after the school roll fell to zero in August 2016.

During the period of mothballing, the catchment area of Callander Primary School was extended to include the area covered by Trossachs Primary School. The two schools, which have had a shared headship since January 2008, had already worked very closely together over the years.

Prior to mothballing, Trossachs Primary pupils already participated regularly in events at Callander Primary, particularly in citizenship and sports activities, and the transition of children set to attend Trossachs Primary School to Callander Primary School proved successful.

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