Fife Council delays decision on future of Milton of Balgonie PS

Fife councillors have agreed to delay a consultation on the future of Milton of Balgonie PS until a further review has taken place in June 2023.

A small rural school, with capacity for 75 pupils, Milton of Balgonie's school roll has steadily declined from 45 pupils in 2003, to 14 pupils in 2018, and it then fell to zero in 2019.

The school was "mothballed” early in 2021 in accordance with Scottish Government guidance, as the roll had fallen to zero and remained at zero. Mothballing was recommended to provide an opportunity for the school to reopen if circumstances change.

Fife's education spokesperson Cllr Cara Hilton explained: "There is potential for new housing in the local area and we've therefore decided to delay a consultation on the future of the school. This will give us a bit more time to assess any potential impact on the school roll."