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To think a school with 1 pupil should close?

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TheTroubleWithAngels Mon 23-Nov-15 22:26:01

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TwoSmellyDogs Mon 23-Nov-15 22:27:06

What would like to happen to the little boy then? Not educate him? What has his situation got to do with that in Glasgow?

TheHouseOnTheLane Mon 23-Nov-15 22:27:36

Well it would seem that there should be a better way to manage his education. Surely a home tutor would be cheaper? Someone to teach the lad in his own house?

Katarzyna79 Mon 23-Nov-15 22:28:01

but he still deserves an education like any other child in the world. why don't the council pay for his private tuition at home that should be cheaper than using a purpose built building for one child. Are there really no other kids in that area????

MajesticSeaFlapFlap Mon 23-Nov-15 22:28:11

But every child should be entitled to an education.

NickNacks Mon 23-Nov-15 22:28:16

Every child has a right to an education- except him?

Pipbin Mon 23-Nov-15 22:29:21

And what is going to happen when he goes to secondary school?
I thought there was a goodly amount of people on Shetland anyway.

TheTroubleWithAngels Mon 23-Nov-15 22:29:57

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MajesticSeaFlapFlap Mon 23-Nov-15 22:30:55

Although I do think there must be cheaper ways for him.

It must be dreadfully lonely

TheTroubleWithAngels Mon 23-Nov-15 22:31:54

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UterusUterusGhali Mon 23-Nov-15 22:32:51

Maybe next year there'll be a bigger intake?

ThreeRuddyTubs Mon 23-Nov-15 22:32:59

Nope that's ridiculous

manicinsomniac Mon 23-Nov-15 22:32:58

Yes, a home tutor would be cheaper.

But presumably, it's an unusual circumstance that there is only one child to use the school at the moment The school has probably been there since the 1800s and will probably be needed for more children in a year or few.

TheTroubleWithAngels Mon 23-Nov-15 22:35:19

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ItsAllGoingToBeFine Mon 23-Nov-15 22:35:27

I think perhaps it's partly justified by long term outlook? There is a real issue with depopulation on the islands - closing schools and other services will increase this. I'd guess the school is remaining open in order to encourage other families to settle?

Euphemia Mon 23-Nov-15 22:36:55

Where do you draw the line? There are schools in my region with 4, 5, 13,17, 33 pupils. Should they close?

annandale Mon 23-Nov-15 22:39:14

Poor little chap sad

Sounds like it would be cheaper to subsidise a couple of families to go and live on the island... but then you'd still need to run the school.

TBH if he is the only child of his age on the island, if it were me I'd move back to the mainland. Hence I guess why I don't live there.

swisscheesetony Mon 23-Nov-15 22:39:01

Er, you've missed the point. He WILL be boarding in Lerwick from next July and until new children reach school age on the skerries that's life.

Are you suggesting the entire family up root?

It's 2 hours on the boat to the mainland to the nearest primary.

Egosumquisum Mon 23-Nov-15 22:39:44

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swisscheesetony Mon 23-Nov-15 22:39:53

The school will be mothballed until there are new pupils.

TheTroubleWithAngels Mon 23-Nov-15 22:41:57

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swisscheesetony Mon 23-Nov-15 22:45:03

How do you work out £75k/ annum to be 100k between now and June? confused

What's the problem? Is he not entitled to an education?

Pure jealousy - island kids way out perform their peers.

Euphemia Mon 23-Nov-15 22:45:39

It's the nature of Scotland's population. There are concentrations of people in the central belt and places like Dundee and Aberdeen, but there are great swathes of barely-populated land. It's hard to imagine an ideal solution.

swisscheesetony Mon 23-Nov-15 22:47:06

Fwiw, he won't be lonely at all. In Shetland it's not uncommon for children to call "friends" people who span all age ranges. He sees his brothers at weekends anyway.

GruntledOne Mon 23-Nov-15 22:47:28

He is entitled by law to full time education, and local authorities by law have to ensure there are sufficient schools in the area to meet the requirements of the local population. I suspect that, as a matter of law, they don't have a choice but to keep the school open whilst he is there.

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