Schools Consultation

Review of Education Provision at Lochnell, Achaleven Ardchattan and Barcaldine Primary Schools
Argyll and Bute Council
https://www.education.ea.argyll-bute.sch.uk/schoolconsultations/docs/Achaleven_Ardchattan_and_Barcaldine_to_Lochnell_25_October.pdf
The document is 23 pages long and has many facts, justifications and figures,

A few that popped up include : –
Feasibility considerations
3.6 The distance from Achaleven Primary School to Lochnell Primary School is 3.5 miles and the journey time would be around 15 minutes. The distance from Ardchattan Primary School to Lochnell Primary School is 9.5 miles and the journey time would be around 20 minutes. The distance from Barcaldine Primary School to Lochnell Primary School is 4.5 miles and the journey time would be around 15 minutes. Consideration has been given at paragraph 5.7 in regard to the likely maximum journey time for pupils. There are no specific known safety concerns with regard to the road between the locations and the travel time is not considered excessive. Consideration has been given not only to travel between the schools but also to the longest journeys likely to be undertaken by any individual pupil.
3.7 The capacity for Lochnell Primary School is 177 and the number of children to come from Achaleven Primary School is 13, from Ardchattan Primary School is 3 and from Barcaldine Primary School is 21(based on expected 2011/12 rolls). The expected occupancy levels of the combined facility would be 76.8%.

Other users of the facility
4.23 Achaleven and Ardchattan Primary Schools proposal have experienced regular community use over the past 5 years. The communities covered by the catchment areas of the schools included in the proposal would continue to have access to other facilities in the area should the proposed amalgamation take place. There are currently village halls available for community use in Benderloch, Connel and North Connel which are a short distance from the schools involved in the proposal.
4.24 Lochnell Primary School experiences no community use at present and the Council considers that there is sufficient capacity within the school to accommodate any increase in use which would occur as a result of this proposal. As such the Council considers that there would be no adverse impact on the community users of the schools included in this proposal.

Total annual saving from this exercise is £163,213

The only comment about staffing seems to suggest that all employees will and can be “redeployed”.
There is also a formal response form at the end of the document.

What is of most concern to YOU ? either from an educational or community perspective?

October 29, 2010   Posted in: argyll and bute council, Barcaldine, Benderloch, Bonawe, North Connel, Schools

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