Consultation on proposal to close Ettrick Primary School

school building with children's play hut at the front

Published: Monday, 30th January 2017

We are undertaking a statutory consultation in relation to the permanent closure of Ettrick Primary School in accordance with the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010.

Agreement to carry out the consultation was given at a meeting of the Executive on 6 September 2016.

Consultation period on the proposal

The consultation period will run from Monday 6 February to Friday 24 March 2017.

Give your feedback to the proposal

A public meeting will be held on Wednesday 22 February, 7-9pm in the Ettrick Village Hall to give people the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposal.

Access for all to see the proposal

During the consultation period, paper copies of the relevant documentation will be available at:

  • Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells TD6 0SA
  • Ettrick Village Hall, Ettrick TD7 5JA
  • Kirkhope Primary School, Ettrickbridge by Selkirk TD7 5JJ
  • Yarrow Primary School, Yarrow, Selkirk TD7 5NE
  • Selkirk High School, Hillside Terrace, Selkirk TD7 4EW
  • Selkirk Library, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk TD7 4LE

Questionnaire on the proposal

A questionnaire will available online from 6 February.

Paper copies of the questionnaire and other documentation will also be provided:

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Executive Member for Education

“The decision to close a school permanently is never taken lightly and is only considered after a wide range of important and valid factors are taken into account, with our priority always to make sure that we are providing the best educational opportunities we can for pupils.

“When Ettrick Primary was mothballed in 2012, it was done because there were no pupils enrolled for the commencement of the school year. Since then any pupils living in the catchment area attend Kirkhope Primary where they have all settled well.

“We would therefore ask all interested parties to consider this proposal carefully and provide their feedback by taking part in the consultation.”

Outcome expected June 2017

The outcome of the statutory consultation will be presented to Scottish Borders Council in June 2017.