Scottish Conservative politicians express their delight at progress being made on schooling in Highland Perthshire.
Councillor John Duff and Murdo Fraser MSP have both welcomed the announcement that Perth and Kinross Council has agreed to create the Highland Perthshire Learning Partnership (HPLP) and also accepted the Administration’s proposal to allow nursery provision within Logierait Primary School.
The creation of the HPLP will mean that there will be improved collaboration between Pitlochry High School and Breadalbane Academy, Perth College UHI and community partners.
Cllr John Duff, who represents the Highland ward for the Scottish Conservatives and is the Vice Convener of the Lifelong Learning Committee, commented: “I welcome the decision to develop the Highland Perthshire Learning Partnership as the preferred option.
"It is a positive commitment which recognises that both schools will be stronger and better working collaboratively with each other and, with the help of Perth College UHI, will be able to deliver an increased educational offering in Highland Perthshire.
“This is an ambitious and innovative partnership which will bring new and exciting opportunities not just for pupils and staff but for school leavers and adult learners too.”
Cllr Duff continued: “However, I recognise that there will be challenges. We previously agreed that any changes cannot be to the educational detriment of either school so the Working Group will now consider different models for delivering senior school education which build on existing strengths and maximise pupil choice while taking the principle of no detriment into account.”
And Cllr Duff said he was delighted that councillors accepted the Administration’s proposal to establish a nursery within Logierait Primary School.
“I very much hope that the nursery will succeed in attracting children from the catchment area who will go on to receive their primary school education at Logierait, reversing the trend for a low school roll,” he commented.
And Mr Fraser, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife region, added: “I must applaud the Conservative run Perth and Kinross Council for creating the Highland Perthshire Learning Partnership. This is a very positive and forward thinking move which will benefit pupils in Highland Perthshire.
“I was also very pleased to hear that council members had backed the Administration’s proposal for nursery provision within Logierait Primary School. Following analysis carried out in April, the council identified that eight pupils would be likely to start nursery at Logierait next year and seven more the following year, which is great news for the whole area.”