South Scotland

Glentrool Primary school closure move looms

Glentrool School
Image caption The council is set to ratify the closure of the small rural school

Dumfries and Galloway Council is set to ratify the closure of a small rural primary school.

It follows the outcome of formal consultation on the proposed shutdown of Glentrool Primary.

Education officials have recommended it should be closed at the end of the current session with the school roll to drop to just one next term.

Previous plans to shut the school were blocked by the Scottish government's policy to protect rural schools.

However, both education inspectors and parents now accept that Glentrool cannot be sustained and pupils should move to Penninghame Primary in nearby Newton Stewart.

The education committee will now be asked to approve the closure when it meets later this week.

If agreed, plans will be developed for the local community to eventually take over the running of the building as part of efforts to regenerate the village.

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