Update – Skerries school in Shetland to close after vote

Just a quick update on the story we ran yesterday with the BBC reporting that Scotland’s smallest secondary school – Skerries in Shetland – is now set to close next summer, after a narrow vote…

The school, which has three pupils, serves the Out Skerries, a small smattering of islands an hour and a half’s ferry journey east of the Shetland mainland.

Shetland Islands Council made the decision to close it on the casting vote of its convener.

It came after a two-and-a-half hour meeting ended in a 10-10 vote.

The council has previously argued that Skerries pupils would get a better schooling if they were educated in Lerwick, and that closing the school would save almost £74,000 a year.

Islanders – who fear closure could force many families to leave the small island community – said they hope the decision can still be reversed.

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