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School Closures Written Answer, 06/06/11 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Ken Macintosh's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of proposed school closures since 2007 where the pupil roll indicated a 74% take up or more and, if so, which schools.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell, replied that from 2007 to April 2010, the relevant legislation on school closures, the Education (Scotland) Regulations 1981, prescribed circumstances in which a local authority must refer a school closure decision to Scottish ministers for consent.

These circumstances were (a) where the school proposed for closure exceeded 80% pupil capacity and (b) where the proposed receiving primary school was more than five miles away from the school proposed for closure. During this period no school closure with less than 80% capacity was referred to Scottish ministers under the capacity criteria. However, it is possible that such schools may have been referred under the distance limit, but information about the capacity of these schools is not held.

Since commencement of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 in April 2010, the Scottish Government sees every school closure decision made by local authorities. From April 2010 to date, no school with a pupil roll of over 59% of its capacity has been closed by a local authority.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 6 June 2011 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 6 June 2011