School consultations and proposals

Skipness Primary School consultation - March 2020

In response to the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Council’s Business Continuity Committee met on 16th April to discuss business during the pandemic.  

With the public meeting set for 6th May 2020, the Committee agreed to officers’ proposals to extend the current six week statutory consultation exercise with regard to the proposal to close Skipness Primary School and to re-schedule the public meeting when the Covid-19 situation subsides.

The Committee agreed to extend the current consultation period, due to end on 15th May 2020, to 31st August 2020 and that the public meeting scheduled for 6th May 2020 is cancelled with a new date to be established once the current UK/Scottish Government restrictions on public assemblies are either lifted or relaxed.  Notification of the rearranged public meeting will be distributed to all relevant consultees in due course.

Please also note that the consultation remains open and it is still possible to submit written consultation responses in the meantime. 

Read the letter regarding the extension of the Skipness Primary School consultation here

Argyll and Bute Council is seeking views on a proposal that education provision at Skipness Primary School be discontinued with effect from 28th October 2020.

It is proposed to close Skipness Primary School, zone pupils to Tarbert Primary School and realign its catchment area.

On 12th March 2020, Argyll and Bute Council’s Community Services Committee agreed that a consultation with all stakeholders be undertaken on the proposal.  This  will be undertaken under the terms of the Schools (Consultation)(Scotland) Act 2010 (“the Act”).

You can read the proposal documents here:

The consultation period will start on 19th March 2019 and end on 31st August 2020. Written representations must be received by this date in order to be taken into account.

Archived School consultations - 2019

Ardchattan Primary School

Following the decision of the Community Services Committee on 5th September 2019 to approve the proposal to close Ardchattan Primary School, the Council informed Scottish Ministers of this decision in accordance with Section 15 (2) of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010. 

 Scottish Ministers conclude that having reviewed the Council’s Proposal Paper and Consultation Report, they consider that the Council have fulfilled their obligations under the 2010 Act and consequently have decided not to issue a call-in notice for this proposal. 

 Education provision has therefore be discontinued from Ardchattan Primary School as of 31st October 2019.  

Ashfield Primary School

Following the decision of the Community Services Committee on 5th September 2019 to approve the proposal to close Ashfield Primary School, the Council informed Scottish Ministers of this decision in accordance with Section 15 (2) of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010. 

 Scottish Ministers conclude that having reviewed the Council’s Proposal Paper and Consultation Report, they consider that the Council have fulfilled their obligations under the 2010 Act and consequently have decided not to issue a call-in notice for this proposal. 

 Education provision has therefore be discontinued from Ashfield Primary School as of 31st October 2019. 

Rezoning of St Columba’s Primary School

Following the decision of the Community Services Committee on 5th September 2019 approving the rezoning of St Columba’s Primary School, the catchment area of St Columba’s Primary School will be rezoned to match the current mainland catchment area for Oban High School, with effect from 6th October 2019.