A rural community claims the council isn’t allowing parents to enrol children at their under-threat school.
Carsphairn Primary was mothballed two years ago, having had no pupils on the roll since August, 2019.
And the local authority has started a consultation on its permanent closure after claiming that there is no sign of an influx of new pupils any time soon.
However, Carsphairn Community Council chairwoman Liz Holmes believes there are parents who want to send their kids to the school but are not able to do so.
She said: “People cannot enrol their children. How can we get it up and running again and show there are children who could be taught they if they are not being allowed to enrol?
“It is a catch 22. We have another family that has moved into the village that wants to enrol and we expect more people to move into the community.
“We accept we can’t have it with only two or three children, it is not a real education as they are not getting the social side but we are not being given the chance.
“The school is important for the viability of the community. If we can start small, even if we can get the nursery open, it gives us the possibility to grow.
“Unbeknownst to us they have boarded up the back of the building. If you are driving through it gives the impression it is closed. We are continuing to fight.”
Carsphairn School was established in 1723 and a public consultation will soon get under way on its permanent closure, although the Scottish Government will have the final say.
At the moment children who live in or move into Carsphairn go to Dalry Primary around 10 miles away.
Mrs Holmes added: “Once they have gone to Dalry and made friends it would be unfair to suddenly say to them they are going to Carsphairn if it reopens – and once they have gone to Dalry, we have lost them.”
A council spokeswoman said: “At the current time and whilst the school is mothballed, parents should enrol their children at the next nearest school to their home address.
“The education and learning committee has agreed to a statutory consultation on the closure of Carsphairn Primary School which will commence from October, Covid restrictions permitting.
“Parents can register their interest for their child to attend Carsphairn Primary School by emailing [email protected], however the school will remain mothballed until the consultation has been completed and reported back to education and learning committee in the spring of 2022. Carsphairn Primary School is currently boarded up for the safety and security of the building, adjacent property and members of the public, this is at the request of our insurers.”
The spokeswoman rejected a suggestion that certain year groups at Dalry School were now full and said there was “sufficient capacity”.