Timeline

7 October 2016

The Scottish Government have confirmed on 7 October that with regard to the consultation on the proposal to close Lochgelly North School, that they will not be calling in the decision of Fife Council's Executive Committee on 16 August 2016.   The letter confirming this decision can be found by clicking here.

 

16 August 2016

The Executive Commitee of Fife Council on 16 August 2016  approved the proposal to close Lochgelly North School and seek alternative uses of the school site. 

The Scottish Ministers have been informed of this decision which may be called-in by them in terms of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010.  In terms of that Act, Scottish Ministers have a period of eight weeks beginning on the day upon which the decision was made final, namely 16 August 2016, to decide whether to call-in the decision.  In considering whether to call in the decision, Scottish Ministers will take account of any relevant representations made to them by any person within the first three weeks of that eight week period.  The three week period for making representations expires on Monday 5 September 2016.  The Council cannot proceed to implement the decision on the closure proposal until either the eight week period has elapsed or the Scottish Ministers advise the Council that they do not intend to call-in the decision.  
 

For any parent/carer wishing to make representation to Scottish Ministers, the Scottish Government advises that representations should set out in writing what you believe are the grounds for the decision to be called-in, providing specific evidence to support that view.  The Scottish Government also advises that representations can be made to Schoolclosure@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or by post to:

The Scottish Government
School Infrastructure Unit
2A (South) Victoria Quay
EDINBURGH
EH6 6QQ

 

27 July 2016

The final consultation report on the proposed closure of Lochgelly North School will be submitted to the Executive Committee on 16 August 2016.  To view the final consultation report, click here.

 

14 March 2016

Lochgelly North School

A report was submitted to the Executive Committee on 1 March 2016 including the Proposal to close Lochgelly North School.  The report was approved, subject to the normal call-in procedures. The statutory consultation for the Proposal to Close Lochgelly North School started on Monday 14 March 2016 and will end on Monday 9 May 2016.  A public meeting will be held on Tuesday 22 March 2016 at St Patrick's RC Primary School in Lochgelly from 6.30 to 7.30 pm.  To view the proposal clickhere.

 

28 October 2014

Crombie Primary School

The Scottish Ministers advised Fife Council on 27 October 2014 that they had decided to grant consent to the closure of Crombie Primary School. This means that we can now proceed to formally close Crombie Primary School in January 2015 and to rezone the catchment area of Limekilns Primary School to incorporate the existing Crombie Primary School catchment area. The letter from the Scottish Government can be viewed by clicking here
 

2 October 2014

Pitcorthie Primary School

The Scottish Ministers advised Fife Council on 1 October 2014 that they had decided to grant consent to the closure of Pitcorthie Primary School, with the following conditions:

  • During the transition period, Fife Council will liaise closely with the parents of the pupils at all schools affected by the closure of Pitcorthie PS.  The Council shall ensure they are kept fully informed about all aspects of the closure and the transition plans.
     
  • Fife Council shall inform the Scottish Ministers how it itends to comply iwth the above condition and, if requested by the Scottish Ministers, shall provide them with copies of minutes held with parents and other information to them during transition.

2 September 2014

The Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee today confirmed the decision of the Executive Committee on 19 August 2014 to approve the proposal to close Crombie Primary School and to rezone the catchment area of Limekilns Primary School.  The minute of the Education, Social and Communities Committee is included at the bottom of the Timeline page under publications.  This decision is now a final decision of the Council and will not be subject to any further consideration by the Council in terms of the Council’s internal governance procedures.   

The Scottish Ministers have been informed of this decision which may be called-in by them in terms of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010.  In terms of that Act, Scottish Ministers have a period of eight weeks beginning on the day upon which the decision was made final, namely 2 September 2014, to decide whether to call-in the decision.  In considering whether to call in the decision, Scottish Ministers will take account of any relevant representations made to them by any person within the first three weeks of that eight week period.  The three week period for making representations expires on Monday 22 September 2014.  The Council cannot proceed to implement the decision on the closure proposal until either the eight week period has elapsed or the Scottish Ministers advise the Council that they do not intend to call-in the decision.  
 

For any parent/carer wishing to make representation to Scottish Ministers, the Scottish Government advises that representations should set out in writing what you believe are the grounds for the decision to be called-in, providing specific evidence to support that view.  The Scottish Government also advises that representations can be made to Schoolclosure@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or by post to:

The Scottish Government
School Infrastructure Unit
2A (South) Victoria Quay
EDINBURGH
EH6 6QQ


19 August 2014

Pitcorthie Primary School - Update

The decision of Fife Council to close Pitcorthie Primary School was called in by the Scottish Ministers on 9 June 2014, and as of today no decision has been reached regarding this matter. Due to the referendum on Scottish independence a period of political purdah will begin on Friday 22 August and run until 18 September 2014. During that period no decisions will be made by the Scottish Government, and it is therefore highly unlikely that we will hear the outcome of the call-in before 19 September 2014. As soon as we receive any information regarding the decision it will be communicated directly to consultees and posted on this website.


Crombie Primary School
 

The Executive Commitee of Fife Council on 19 August 2014 approved the closure of Crombie Primary School and the rezoning of the Limekilns Primary School catchment area in December 2014.   The final consultation report was considered by the Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee on 12 August 2014 and the minute of this meeting can be reviewed by clicking here.  The minute of the Executive Committee on 19 August 2014 can be reviewed by clicking here.

This decision is not yet a final decision of the Council as it is subject to the Council's internal governance procedures.  In terms of those procedures, the decision may be called-in by elected members of the Council.  Elected members have until 12 noon on Tuesday 26 August 2014 to call-in the decision.  If the decision is called-in it will be considered again by the Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee on 2 September 2014.

If the decision is not called-in by 12 noon on 26 August, it becomes a final decision of the Council at that point.  However, before the decision can be implemented it may be subject to call-in by Scottish Ministers in terms of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010.

 

17 June 2014

We wish to apologise for any confusion caused by the earlier versions of the Crombie Final Consulation Report which we uploaded, as these contained information from the previous consultation process.  This has now been corrected and the final version contains only information from the current consultation.  To review the document click here.

13 June 2014

Fife Council has received confirmation from the Scottish Government of their decisions for each of the following schools:

Dunino Primary School
The Scottish Ministers advised Fife Council on 12 June 2014 that they had decided to grant consent to the closure of Dunino Primary School, with the condition that the closure of Dunino Primary School should not take place until October 2014. Included in the consent to this closure, the following conditions were set: 

  • Require the Council, as a matter of urgency, to engage directly with all the parents of the current Dunino pupils (and any pupils that are due to start there in August 2014) to ensure that the Council’s assumption that the children will transfer to Kingsbarns Primary School is accurate.  If a significant proportion of the families choose to make placing requests to the same alternative school, the Council is required to provide transport to that other school until a full catchment review has been carried out. 

    The Council is to report to Ministers on this engagement and its conclusion no later than 4 weeks before the pupils would start at their new school.
     
  • Fife Council are required to undertake a full catchment review to confirm or otherwise that the zoning of the full former Dunino Primary School catchment area to Kingsbarns Primary School is reasonable.  The Council is required to notify Ministers of the outcome of this review by June 2016.
     
  • The earliest date that the Council may close Dunino Primary School is in October 2014, and the Council is required to allocate additional, dedicated resources to support an effective transition in the periods both before and after the closure date, to ensure that parents and pupils have the clarity and support they require, and to ensure that educational development is maintained in both periods.

To review the decision letter from the Scottish Government, please click here.
 

Tanshall PS
The Scottish Ministers advised Fife Council on 12 June 2014 that they had decided to grant consent to the closure of Tanshall Primary School, with the condition that the closure of Tanshall Primary School should not take place until August 2015.  To review the decision letter from the Scottish Government, please click here.
 

Wellwood Primary School
The Scottish Ministers advised Fife Council on 12 June 2014 that they had decided to grant consent to the closure of Wellwood Primary School, with the condition that the closure of Wellwood Primary School should not take place until October 2014.  Included in the consent to this closure, the following conditions were set: 

  • that additional, dedicated resources are allocated by the Council to ensure an effective transition, over the period of transition to October 2014.  Continuing additional resources should also be made available by the Council, as required beyond transition, to ensure the welfare of the children and their educational development is maintained.
     
  • to require the Council to send a report to the Scottish Ministers in October 2014, confirming its progress in complying with the condition set.

 To review the decision letter from the Scottish Government, please click here
 

Crombie PS
The final consultation report will be published on Tuesday 17 June 2014.  This allows parents/carers/interested parties the remainder of the school term and 6 weeks during the 7 week holiday period to contact elected members prior to the Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday 12 August 2014.    

10 June 2014

Pitcorthie PS Proposal
The Scottish Government, in a letter to Fife Council on 9th June 2014 advised that they have called-in the decision of Fife Council's Executive Committee on 15 April 2014 to:

close Pitcorthie Primary School and Pitcorthie Nursery class and to rezone the catchment areas of Commercial, Lynburn and Touch Primary Schools in August 2015, and the proposal to relocate the Primary Pupil Support Services provision from Lynburn Primary School to Camdean Primary School. 

This means that the Council are unable to take any action in respect of this proposal until the Scottish Government reaches a decision on it.  The Scottish Government may grant consent to the proposals unconditionally, may grant consent subject to conditions or may refuse to consent to the proposals.  To review the letter calling-in this decision, click here.  
 

3 June 2014

The Scottish Government have confirmed on 28 May 2014 that with regard to the consultations on:

1.  the closure and relocation of Rosslyn ASN school within the new Viewforth High School; 
2.  proposal to close both Buckhaven High School, Kirkland High School and Community Campus, when the new Levenmouth School is completed,

that they will not be calling in the decisions of Fife Council's Executive Committee on 15 April 2014.  The letters confirming these decisions can be found by clicking on:

Rosslyn
Buckhaven and Kirkland High Schools


20 May 2015

The statutory public consultation on the proposal to close Crombie Primary School and rezone the catchment area of Limekilns Primary School formally ended on Thursday 15 May.  HMIe Education Scotland are visiting both Crombie and Limekilns Primary Schools on Tuesday 20 May and will produce a report on the educational aspects of the proposal.  Following receipt of the final version of this report, Fife Council will produce a consultation report and publicise and advise all consultees of its publication.  Thank you to all parents/carers and the general public who submitted their views online and in paper format. 

12 May 2014

Crombie Proposal - Pupil consultations were held at both Crombie Primary School and Limekilns Primary School on Friday 9 May 2014.  The consultation will formally end on Thursday 15 May 2014.  Both schools will receive a visit from HMIe Education Scotland in due course as part of the consultation process.
 

29 April 2014

The Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee today confirmed the decisions of the Executive Committee on 15 April 2014 to approve the proposals:

  1. to rezone the catchment areas of Masterton, Canmore and Pitreavie Primary Schools from August 2014
     
  2. to close Pitcorthie Primary School and Pitcorthie Nursery class and to rezone the catchment areas of Commercial, Lynburn and Touch Primary Schools in August 2015.  The Executive also approved the proposal to relocate the Primary Pupil Support Services provision from Lynburn Primary School to Camdean Primary School.  

The minute of the Education, Social and Communities meeting of 29 April 2014 is available by clicking here.

17 April 2014

The Scottish Government, in a letter to Fife Council on 4 April 2014 advised that they have called-in Fife Council's Executive Committee (11 February 2014) decisions to:

  1. close Tanshall Primary School and rezone the catchment area of Caskieberran and Southwood Primary Schools
  2. close Dunino Primary School and rezone the catchment area of Kingsbarns Primary School, and,
  3. close Wellwood Primary School and rezone the catchment area of McLean Primary School.

This means that the Council are unable to take any action in respect of these proposals until the Scottish Government reaches a decision on them.  The Scottish Government may grant consent to the proposals unconditionally, may grant consent subject to conditions or may refuse to consent to the proposals.  To review the letters calling-in the decisions, click on each school below: 

Tanshall PS
Dunino PS
Wellwood PS

16 April 2014

The Executive Committee of Fife Council on 15 April 2014 approved the following proposals:

  1. to close Pitcorthie Primary School and Pitcorthie Nursery class and to rezone the catchment areas of Commercial, Lynburn and Touch Primary Schools in August 2015.  The Executive also approved the proposal to relocate the Primary Pupil Support Services provision from Lynburn Primary School to Camdean Primary School;
     
  2. to rezone the catchment areas of Masterton, Canmore and Pitreavie Primary Schools with effect from August 2014;
     
  3. to close Buckhaven and Kirkland High Schools and rezone their catchment areas into one catchment area for the new Levenmouth High School, and close Kirkland Community College;
     
  4. to include a new Rosslyn school, new library and new local office within the new Viewforth High School.

These decisions will be subject to call-in by the Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee.  Elected members have until 12 noon on 22 April 2014 to request that any of the decisions be called-in.  If a decision is not called-in, the effective date of decision, will be 22 April 2014.  If a decision is called-in, the date at which it will be considered by the Scrutiny Committee will be the 29 April 2014.  The minute of this meeting is available by clicking here.


8 April 2014

The Scottish Government, in a letter to Fife Council on 28 March 2014 advised that they will not be calling-in Fife Council's decision to close New Gilston Primary School. This means that we can now proceed to formally close New Gilston Primary School in August 2014 and to rezone the catchment area of Largoward Primary School to incorporate the existing New Gilston catchment area. Children who are from New Gilston and currently attend Largoward will formally transfer to the roll of Largoward Primary School in August 2014.  Individual pupils living within the existing New Gilston PS catchment area received a letter last week detailing this information.  Although there are currently no children attending New Gilston Primary School we recognise that its closure marks the end of an era for the community and we will contact you with further details once arrangements have been made for the closure.  Click here to review the formal letter from the Scottish Government.
 

The Scottish Government, in a letter to Fife Council on 28 March 2014 advised that they will not be calling-in Fife Council's decision to close Rathillet Primary School. This means that we can now proceed to formally close Rathillet Primary School in August 2014 and to rezone the catchment area of Balmerino Primary School to incorporate the existing Rathillet catchment area.   Individual pupils living within the existing Rathillet PS catchment area received a letter last week detailing this information.  Although there are currently no children attending Rathillet PS we recognise that its closure marks the end of an era for the community and we will contact you with further details once arrangements have been made for the closure.  Click here to review the formal letter from the Scottish Government.
 

 

 

18 March 2014
The Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee met today to review the proposals of the schools within Phase 2 of the Sustainable School Estate Programme - the proposal to close Pitcorthie Primary School and rezone the catchment areas of Commerical, Lynburn and Touch Primary Schools; and the rezoning of the Masterton, Canmore and Pitreavie Primary School catchment areas. 

The role of the Scrutiny Committee was to consider if the process in relation to each school had met the requirements of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010, and if there were any specific issues or considerations which should be taken into account by the Executive Committee of Fife Council on 15 April 2014 in reaching a decision. To support them in doing this the committee took oral representations from a number of interested parties.The minute of the Education, Social and Communities meeting of 18 March 2014 is available by clicking here.  The final consultation reports will be considered by the Executive Committee on 15th April 2014.  Any decision made on that day may be subject to further call-in to the Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee.

11 March 2014
The new proposal to close Crombie Primary School and rezone the catchment area of Limekilns Primary School has not been called-in to the Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee and we will therefore proceed to statutory consultation on the proposal, starting on Monday 17th March 2014.  The consultation proposal will be published on Friday 14th March 2014 and will be available from that date on this website, under the Crombie Primary School page.  We would encourage as many interested parties as possible to participate in the consultation, either in writing or by attending one of the public meetings to be held in Crombie Community Hall on Wednesday 26th March and Limekilns Primary School on Thursday 27th March.  There will also be drop in sessions between 3.00 and 5.00 pm on these days in Crombie Primary School and Limekilns Primary School.

The final consultation reports on the proposal to close Pitcorthie Primary School and the proposal to rezone the catchment areas of Masterton, Canmore and Pitreavie Primary Schools, which were published on Friday 7th March 2014, have been called-in to the Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee and will be considered on Tuesday 18th March.  Scrutiny Committee will make recommendations to be made by the Executive Committee on Tuesday 15th April.

 

4 March 2014
The Executive Committee of Fife Council today approved the proposal to consult on the closure of Crombie Primary School and the rezoning of the catchment area of Limekilns Primary School.  This decision may be called-in to the Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee and elected members have until 11 March to do this.  If the decision is not called-in the proposal will be published on 14 March 2014 and the consultation will run from Monday 17 March until Wednesday 15 May 2014.  Copies of the consultation proposal will be available on this website from Friday 14 March 2014.  The minute of today's Executive Meeting is available by clicking here.

 

26 February 2014
The Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee today confirmed the decisions of the Executive Committee on 18 February 2014 to approve the proposals to close Dunino, Tanshall and Wellwood Primary Schools, and to proceed to a new consultation on a proposal to close Crombie Primary School and to rezone the catchment area of Limekilns Primary School.   The minute of the Education, Social and Communities meeting of 18 February 2014 is available by clicking here.

With regard to the decisions concerning Dunino, Tanshall and Wellwood Primary Schools there is now a 3 week period in which interested parties can make representations to the Scottish Government if they believe any of these decisions should be called-in. The Scottish Government then has a period of 3 weeks to determine if any of the decisions should be called-in. The Scottish Government will announce their decisions by 9 April 2014. If a decision is not called -in the Council may then proceed to implement it. If it is called-in the decision making process is taken over by the Scottish Government, and this is not subject to any time limit. 

The proposal concerning Crombie Primary School will be considered further by the Executive Committee on 4 March 2014, The Committee will be asked to approve a change in the proposed timescale for the consultation, to take account of call-in to the Scrutiny Committee, and an amended consultation proposal, which includes additional information. If the Executive Committee approves the recommendation of the Education and Children's Services Directorate the consultation will run from 10 March 2014 until 7 May 2014.

 

20 February 2014
Following the Executive Committee on 11 February 2014, the decisions to close Rathillet and New Gilston Primary Schools have not been called-in by the Education Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee.  These are therefore now final decisions of the Council.  Nothing more will happen until we know if these decisions are to be called-in by the Scottish Ministers, who have 6 weeks from 18 February 2014 to decide on this.
 

The decisions to close Dunino, Crombie, Tanshall and Wellwood Primary Schools have been called in by the Education Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee and will be considered at their next meeting on 25 February 2014.  Further information will be posted on this website once the outcome of the meeting is known.

 

11 February 2014
The Executive Committee of Fife Council today approved the proposals to close Dunino, New Gilston, Rathillet, Tanshall and Wellwood Primary Schools.  These decisions will be subject to call-in by the Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee.  Elected members have 5 days from tomorrow to request that any of the decisions be called-in.  If a decision is not called-in, the effective date of decision, will be 18 February 2014.  If a decision is called-in, the date at which it will be considered by the Scrutiny Committee will be posted on this website as soon as it is available, and publicised in other ways. 

The Executive Committee approved the recommendation that the proposal to close Crombie Primary School and to rezone the catchment area of Cairneyhill Primary School should not proceed.  They also approved the recommendation to proceed to a new statutory consultation on the proposal to close Crombie Primary School and rezone the catchment area of Limekilns Primary School.

Parents and staff at the affected schools have been informed of today's decisions, and also of the Council's governance arrangements. The minute of the Executive Committee meeting of 11 February 2014 is available by clicking here.

 

7 February 2014
A special meeting of the Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee met on 3 February 2014 to consider the proposals concerning Crombie, Dunino, New Gilston, Rathillet, Tanshall and Wellwood Primary Schools. The role of the Scrutiny Committee was to consider if the process in relation to each school had met the requirements of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010, and if there were any specific issues or considerations which should be taken into account by the Executive Committee of Fife Council on 11 February 2014 in reaching a decision. To support them in doing this the committee took oral representations from a number of interested parties.

The minute of the meeting of the Scrutiny Committee is available by clicking here.
 

15 January 2014
The consultation reports in respect of the proposals to close Crombie, Dunino, New Gilston, Rathillet, Tanshall and Wellwood Primary Schools were published on Wednesday 15 January 2014. They can be accessed on this website, under the proposal for each school. Alternatively the reports are available in each of the affected schools, the local area offices, and in Fife House. 

The reports will now be considered by the Education, Social and Communities Policy and Advisory Group on 3 February 2014 before being considered by the Executive of Fife Council on 11 February 2014. The next three weeks provide an opportunity for all interested parties to make their views regarding the reports known to their elected representatives before any decision is taken. 

Communities across Fife have engaged well in the consultation process and we would encourage all involved to continue to make sure they take every opportunity to express their views about both the proposals and the consultation reports.
 

7 January 2013
The final reports on the consultations regarding the proposals to close Crombie, Dunino, New Gilston, Rathillet, Tanshall and Wellwood Primary Schools will be published on Wednesday 15 January 2014. These reports will be available in all the affected schools, in relevant Local Area Offices, and in Fife House. The reports are also available by clicking here and choosing the appropriate school.


A special meeting of the Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee will be held on Monday on 3 February 2014, to consider the consultation process and the consultation reports, and to receive representations after publication of these reports. This meeting will provide an opportunity for interested parties to address the Scrutiny Committee in support of any representations made about particular proposals. The Scrutiny Committee may then make recommendations to the Executive Committee which is due to decide on the proposals on 11 February 2014.

Further news regarding next steps following the Executive Committee meeting will be posted on Fife Direct and this website as soon as it's available.

Her Majesty's Inspectors of Education, on behalf of Education Scotland, are now visiting the schools affected by the proposals to close Pitcorthie Primary School, and to rezone the catchment area of Masterton Primary School. They will produce reports concerning these proposals in the next 3 weeks, and the Council will then publish final reports on these two consultations. Information about next steps regarding these proposals will be published on this website as soon as it's available.
 

10 December 2013
The public consultation period regarding the proposals to close Pitcorthie Primary School and to rezone the catchment areas of Lynburn, Commercial and Touch Primary Schools, and to rezone the catchment areas of Masterton, Pitreavie and Canmore Primary Schools closed yesterday, 9th December 2013. Thank you to all parents/carers and the general public who submitted their views online and in paper format.

Consultation regarding the proposal to close Kirkland High School and Community College and Buckhaven High School and to build a new secondary school is now well under way. This proposal would mean that all the primary schools associated with Kirkland and Buckhaven would come together in one 'cluster', and the team have been out in these schools over the past few days consulting with pupils. As ever the children have been enthusiastic in expressing their views and ideas and have given the team a lot to think about. Sadly it won't be possible to take forward their suggestion that the school should have a chocolate fountain, but other ideas merit serious consideration.

 

22 November 2013
The consultation processes regarding the proposals to close Pitcorthie Primary School, and to rezone the catchment areas of Masterton, Pitreavie and Canmore Primary Schools are now well under way.  A public meeting to consider the Masterton proposal was held in Woodmill High School on 20 November 2013 and generated a lot of discussion and questions.  Requests for further information were noted and will be responded to.
 

A public meeting to consider the proposal to close Pitcorthie Primary School will be held at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 27 November in Woodmill High School and we hope that as many people as possible can come along to participate. A creche, run by Fife Council Childcare and Early Years Services, will be available. 
 

Both of these consultations will be open until 9 December 2013 and can be accessed online by visiting www.fifedirect.org.uk/pitcorthie or www.fifedirect.org.uk/masterton
 

Whenever there is a proposal to close a school or to change catchment areas Education Scotland, through Her Majesty's Inspectors of Education, are required to prepare a report on the educational aspects of the proposal.  HMIe colleagues have now begun visiting schools involved in the Phase 1 proposals and are talking with pupils, parents, and staff to help them form a view.  Their completed reports will be available along with the Consultation Reports when these are published later this year.


11th November 2013
Consultation regarding the proposed closure of Wellwood, Crombie, Tanshall, Rathillet, New Gilston and Dunino Primary Schools closed on Friday 8 November. A large number of people across Fife attended a range of drop-in sessions and public meetings to learn more about the proposals and to make their views known. Views were also submitted by letter and on the Fife Council consultation website.
 

We are grateful to everyone who participated in the consultation process, ensuring that all points of view were represented. All responses to the consultation will now be analysed and summarised, and shared with Her Majesty's Inspectors of Education who will now examine the educational aspects of the closure proposals in each of the above schools.
 

Consultation regarding the proposed closure of Pitcorthie Primary School and the rezoning of the catchment area of Masterton Primary School has now started and will run until Monday 9 December. Drop-in sessions will be held between 3.00 and 5.00 at Masterton Primary School on Thursday 14 November and at Pitcorthie Primary School on Monday 18 November. These sessions offer an opportunity to talk with Education Service staff to learn more about the proposal and to ask any questions you might have.
 

Independently chaired public meetings concerning these proposals will be held at Woodmill High School at 6.30 on Wednesday 20 November to consider the Masterton proposal, and at 6.30 on Wednesday 27 November to consider the Pitcorthie proposal. All interested parties are most welcome to attend these meetings.
 

To submit a response to these proposals online click  www.fifedirect.org.uk/masterton or www.fifedirect.org.uk/pitcorthie
 

28th October 2013
Drop in sessions were held in Southwood, Caskieberran and Tanshall Primary Schools over the last week.  These sessions generated a lot of discussion and questions which are now being addressed by the Sustainable School Estate Review Team.   All Tanshall Primary School pupils were involved directly in the consultation on Friday 25th October.  They participated very enthusiastically and gave the team a lot to think about!

The public meeting to consider the proposal to close Tanshall Primary School will be held on Monday 28th October at 6.30-8.00 pm in Glenwood High School.  All interested parties are encouraged to attend this meeting to participate in the consultation process.
 

In the West of Fife, pupils at Wellwood Primary School participated in a very active pupil consultation session, working in cross-age groups.  The pupils approached the session in a very mature and thoughtful way and their feedback will be vital in forming the final consultation report.
 

The public meeting to consider the proposal to close Wellwood Primary School will be held on Tuesday 29th October at 6.30-8.00 pm in The Salvation Army Hall, in Wellwood.  All interested parties are encouraged to attend this meeting to participate in the consultation process.

 

27th September 2013
Drop in sessions were held over the past 2 weeks in Crombie, Cairneyhill, Limekilns and Rathillet Primary Schools.  We have also held public meetings to consult about the proposals to close Crombie and Rathillet Primary Schools.  We are grateful to all those who came along and shared their views with us.  
 

Drop in sessions are planned for next week in New Gilston and Dunino Primary Schools and public meetings to consult on the proposed closure of the schools will be held at 6.30 pm at Kingsbarns Primary School on Tuesday 1st October, and at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 2nd October in Largoward Primary School.

 

August 2013

The review of our school estate will be an ongoing programme and will continuously be reviewed.  It was agreed at the Executive Committee on 16 April 2013 (full documents available by clicking here), that there will be no further programme of school closures within this Council Admistration.  It was recognised however that there is a need to continue to review the school estate and bring forward any future proposals on an individual basis.

For the purposes of the current review, the timeline for the 8 proposals will be split into 2 phases:

Phase 1 (proposed closures)

  • Wellwood Primary School
  • Crombie Primary School
  • Tanshall Primary School
  • Rathillet Primary School
  • New Gilston Primary School
  • Dunino Primary School

 

Date Details

20 August

Report to Executive Committee on the 8 proposals.

13/14 September

Letters will be sent to Parents and other interested parties informing them of the start and finish date of the statutory consultation.

16 September to
8 November

Consultation will commence and will go live on www.fifedirect.org.uk.  Consultation ends on 8th November.

16 September to
8 November

Public meetings will be held for each of the proposals.  Venue and date/time for each meeting to be notified in due course.

Late November

Report on the consultation results is submitted to Education Scotland for their feedback.

End December

Consultation outcome report including Education Scotland report to be made available online to the public at www.fifedirect.org.uk

3rd February

Final reports submitted to Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee.
11th February Reports submitted to Executive Committee
25th February Call-in of reports to Education, Social and Communities Scrutiny Committee.
From 25th February 6-week Scottish Ministers call-in period

Phase 2

  • the proposed closure of Pitcorthie Primary School
  • proposed changes to the catchment area for Masterton Primary School

 

Date Details

20 August

Report to Executive Committee on the 8 proposals.

25/26 October

Letters will be sent to Parents and other interested parties informing them of the start and finish date of the statutory consultation.

28 October to
9 December

Consultation will commence and will go live on www.fifedirect.org.uk.  Consultation ends on 9th December.

28 October to
9 December

Public meetings will be held for each of the proposals.  Venue and date/time for each meeting to be notified in due course.

January 2014

Report on the consultation results is submitted to Education Scotland for their feedback/report.

February 2014

Consultation outcome report including Education Scotland report to be made available online to the public at www.fifedirect.org.uk

March 2014

Final report will be live to the public on 7th March 2014.
April 2014 Final report to be submitted to the Fife Council Executive Committee on 15th April. Decision will be taken by the Executive Committee on whether each proposal is approved.  There is the option for the Scrutiny Committee call-in and Full Council decision.

 

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