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Dumfries & Gallloway rural school closure talks begin

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Councillors will be meeting today, Thursday 29 June, to discuss the possible closure of three local schools in Dumfries and Galloway.

The primary schools in Ae, Garlieston and Kirkbean have a combined total of 35 pupils. although a combined capacity of nearly 200.

If agreed, the schools could close by July 2018.


Primary pupils sing in parliament

Kirkcudbright Primary Pupils with MSPs Humza Yousaf MSP and Emma Harper Credit: Emma Harper MSP

Primary sevens pupils from Kirkcudbright Primary School visited the Scottish parliament to sing for MSPs.

The group attended First Minister’s Questions yesterday before entertaining MSPs in the Parliament’s Garden Lobby with renditions of ‘The Circle of Life’, ‘Loch Lomond’ and Caledonia.

The pupils and their teachers were hosted in Parliament by south Scotland MSP Emma Harper.

“It’s always an absolute pleasure to have school groups into the parliament – something to look forward to.

“The kids went into the chamber to watch First Minister’s Questions and went on a tour of the building, but the highlight was definitely performing in the Garden Lobby for a crowd of MSPs, government ministers and the Presiding Officer – and the performance was pitch perfect!

“They got to meet the crowd afterwards and were excited to speak to Ken Macintosh the PO, Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, and many others.

“I can’t wait to do it all again soon.”

– Emma Harper, South Scotland MSP


Cumbria parents urged to apply for school transport

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Parents who require transport for their primary or secondary school children are being urged to apply for a place on the school bus before the deadline.

Cumbria County Council say the transport will begin at the start of the 2017 school year.

The free transport will be available to pupils who are up to the age of eight and live more than two miles away from their qualifying school or catchment. The transport will also be available for free for pupils over the age of eight who live more than three miles away.

Other children may be entitled to financial help with school transport if they are already entitled to free school meals or their family receive the maximum level of working tax credit.

Applications close on Friday, 30 June. Outcomes will be given within three-four weeks.

More details can be found on the council website.

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