Closure of Tanshall Primary is confirmed

Tanshall Primary School march to stop the closure proposals
Tanshall Primary School march to stop the closure proposals

There was disapointment and tears in Tanshall as parents learned that their fight to save the primary school from closure had failed.

A Scottish Government ruling allowing Fife Council to proceed with its closure plans, as part of a Fife-wide review into the schools estate, effectively ends any hope parents had of keeping the school alive.

Tanshall is now earmarked to close in August, 2015, with pupils dispersed to other schools in the area.

An emotional Euan Howells of the campaign group Community Help at Tanshall said it marked a “black day for Tanshall.’’

“We felt from day one that this was always an exercise in saving money and the arguments for the educational benefits were and still are non-existent,” he added.

Councillor Bryan Poole, education spokesman, welcomed the decision.

“Closing a school is not something that is done without long and careful consideration. What the government is telling us though is that we made the right decision to go ahead.”

Councillor Peter Grant, who has campaigned on behalf of parents said he was “bitterly disappointed” by the announcement.

He said: “It’s clear that pupils, parents and staff are struggling to come to terms with the fact that the last glimmer of hope has gone out, but they can take enormous pride in the dignified yet passionate way in which they have stood up for their school.”

Tricia Marwick MSP said she still felt the closure was “flawed.”

She added: “I still believe the case for closure is wrong and the losers will be the children.”