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School without pupils could be permanently closed

The school has been closed since 2012. Credit: PA

People in the Scottish Borders are being asked for their views on whether a mothballed school should be closed permanently.

Ettrick Primary has been shut since 2012, when no pupils enrolled for the start of the school year.

A Scottish Borders Council consultation on its future runs from today until 24 of March.

Cumbrian school transforms into Hogwarts

One teacher dressed up as Voldemort. Credit: West Lakes Academy
The children learned how to brew potions. Credit: West Lakes Academy

A school in Egremont was magically transformed today... for Harry Potter Day.

West Lakes Academy was decorated to look like Hogwarts, and children and staff dressed up as their 'wizarding' heroes.

The celebrations began with students receiving their Hogwarts acceptance letters and being sorted into their houses; Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin or Hufflepuff.

Their lessons were then transformed, with sessions on fantastic beasts and where to find them, and potion-brewing.

As a reading school, we want to foster a love for reading in all our pupils and we thought that using the modern classic series of Harry Potter books would be the perfect way to do that.

– English teacher, Carly Macleod

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