New School for North Uist

A new school could be built on North Uist in 2015.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are considering submitting a bid to the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) for funding towards a new build which would replace Paible, Lochmaddy and Carinish Schools.

The local authority were made aware by the Scottish Government earlier this year that there may be funding available from the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme (Phase 3) for a further new school.

The focus of this funding needs to be on tackling poor condition and/or unsuitable schools and Paible School is currently classed as being in poor condition.

A report on the plan will be presented to councillors at Thursday’s Policy and Resources Committee where it is recommended that they approve the submission of a bid to the Scottish Futures Trust to build a new school in North Uist.

A report by the Director of Education and Children’s Services, Seonag Mackinnon, said from August there would only be three Condition C (Poor) schools in the Western Isles which were Paible, Iochdar and Castlebay.

As well as looking at North Uist, the department also looked at rationalising school provision on Barra and consulting on closing the school at Eoligarry; building a new 3-18 school in Castlebay; or the replacement of the current building at Iochdar with a new school.

The report is recommending North Uist be the subject of a bid.