VIDEO: Final day of Carloway School after more than 130 years

Today (Friday) is the final day for Carloway Primary School having provided education for the community for more than 130 years.

Yesterday pupils attended the final assembly where they were presented with gifts from the school and the annual prizegiving was also held. Gifts were also presented to staff several of whom have worked at the school for around 20 years.

The Carloway School Parent Council campaigned strongly to keep the school open and despite legal action between Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Scottish Government, the decision has now been taken to close the school.

Speaking at the final assembly, Chair of the Parent Council Eleanor Maule thanked the school and the community for their support and said the day was tinged with sadness as they had not saved the school.

“It’s a new beginning,” she said. “The school will be offered to the community and it’s an opportunity to come up with ideas.”

She said they had not saved the school but the work they had done had contributed to a change in the law. The Scottish Government is currently reviewing its legislation regarding the process for closing rural schools.

“Within future legislation it won’t be so easy for councils to close schools and communities will be better protected,” she said.

The school first opened in 1882.

Watch our video of performances from the final assembly and see more pictures in next week’s Stornoway Gazette.

Also look out for a video of the final day at Shelibost School in Harris.