Tanshall tears mark end of an era as school closes for final time

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There were tears for Tanshall as its primary school rang the end-of-term bell for the very last time.

The school’s closure brings to an end 51 years of educational achievement in the west Glenrothes community following Fife Council’s decision to close the facility as a result of a strategic review of educational provision across the region.

P7 pupils form a guard of honour as all the children walk to the trees in the playground. Pic: Steve Brown

P7 pupils form a guard of honour as all the children walk to the trees in the playground. Pic: Steve Brown

Pupils left the building to cheering and applause before the approximately 250 parents and friends gathered to witness the final moments, formed a human chain around the school building.

Shortly after a minute silence was observed before tears flowed once more as a lone piper lead the 30 teachers, support staff and school employees out of the school one last time.

Parents, children and staff openly wept but the sorrow was quickly tempered with many of the teachers performing an impromptu jig on the entrance steps, bring loud cheers from onlookers.

A week of celebration was brought to a fitting close yesterday as head teacher Elaine Davidson delivered a highly emotional and poignant final assembly which left hardly a dry eye in the room.

Fighting back her own tears, Mrs Davidson, who earlier this year was awarded the OBE for her 41 years of service to education and who has served as head teacher at Tanshall for over a decade, told pupils, parents and staff gathered in the hall that they were ready to give thanks for such a lovely school.

She added: “We are ready to give up this school because this building does not define who we are, we know who we are, we are the best, we are confident individuals.”

“They can have our building but they can’t have us.

“They say education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world, well, on behalf of the staff, I hope in some way we have.”

>> A full report and reaction will appear in Wednesday’s Glenrothes Gazette