Public urged to attend meeting on rural education

MSP Dennis Robertson at Logie Coldstone School - threatened with closure last year.
MSP Dennis Robertson at Logie Coldstone School - threatened with closure last year.

Local authority representatives, parents, headteachers and experts have been part of a Commission on Rural Education set up last July and will be holding a public meeting at the Gordon Schools in Huntly at 7.30 pm, on Monday, February27.

The Commission wants to hear from all the people interested on how education in rural areas is working for local people and how this links to rural community life.

Local MSP Dennis Robertson said of the event:“I believe that access to high quality educational opportunities is key to the sustainability of rural communities and I am delighted that the commission will meet Deeside and Donside parents at Clatt primary School prior to the public meeting taking place at the Gordon Schools in Huntly.

“A year ago, I was invited to listen to parents in Clatt and Logie Coldstone, I understand how important local schools are for our rural communities.

“I am very glad that the Scottish Government and COSLA have jointly supported the Commission and I urge anyone who has a view on rural education to come to the public meeting.”

Part of the Commission’s remit is to review the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 and its application by local authorities.

The Commission started its work in August last year and will submit its final report and recommendations to Scottish Ministers and COSLA by Augustthis year.

Education Secretary Michael Russell said: “The Commission on Rural Education has been tasked with looking at all aspects of education in rural areas.

“It is very helpful that those who deliver education are fully engaged along with communities and parents to make sure we are getting it absolutely right for school pupils in rural areas.”