South Scotland

Views sought over no-pupil Borders school

Roberton Primary
Image caption The school roll at Roberton Primary has fallen steadily over the years

The public is being asked to give its view on the fate of a Borders school which will have no pupils by August.

Numbers have declined steadily at Roberton Primary and its current three pupils are expected to leave in the summer.

Scottish Borders Council wants to decide whether to mothball the site or close it permanently.

A public meeting is being held on 27 May with consultation open until 21 June.

SBC's executive member for education, Catriona Bhatia, said the authority aimed to "protect and help sustain" small schools in rural areas.

However, she said it was simply not possible to keep this site open.

'Right decision'

Ms Bhatia added: "It is unfortunate that Roberton will not be operational from August and has reached the stage where there is no option but to close the school either on a temporary or permanent basis.

"It is vital that the right decision is made for the future of the school and this can only be achieved by gaining input from the local community and anyone else who may be affected by its future."

Director of Education Glenn Rodger said a range of factors needed to be balanced in deciding school provision.

He said: "There is excellent work happening in our small schools across the Borders and they often play a vital role in providing intra-community links in rural areas.

"We must also consider a variety of other factors including how it meets best value, the ability to deliver curriculum for excellence and what benefits it can offer.

"It is disappointing that Roberton faces closure, but I am confident that through this consultation we can ensure the best decision is made for the Roberton community."

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