We are fighting to save our tiny school after the council threatened to close it
PARENTS struggle to save their village school as enrollment drops to seven.
The Tiny Largue School in Aberdeenshire has been threatened with closure after education bosses claimed children were suffering from having too few classmates.
But mums and dads claim the facility is ideal for youngsters, who they say are all helping each other learn.
Aberdeenshire Council will review schools if the number falls below eight and say it could “mothball” Largue.
Prospective students are invited to classes right after birth and the children get to know and help each other.
Locals fear something special will be lost forever if the school is mothballed.
Paula McRitchie, 45, who has two children there, said: “It’s a shock and a lot of tears shed.
“We will fight this at every turn because we think it is wrong.
“There is no bullying.
“There are no cliques.
“No one is left out.
“Will this continue when they are part of a class of 25?”
Largues Primary School has two classrooms, but only one is used.
Students of all ages are taught by a full-time and a part-time teacher and a class assistant.
Paula’s children, Owen Christie, 11, and Mia, 9, can both walk to school every morning, but that will change as the nearest two schools are five or 11 miles away.
A spokesman for the council said: “Any decision to mothball a school is not taken lightly.
“It gives us the opportunity to reopen it should circumstances change.”
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