Childcare and Education

Update February 2015

Strachur Primary School has a current school roll of around 53 including some children from nearby Cairndow, St. Catherines and Strathlachlan. A Playgroup with currently 3-5 yr olds is also attached to the Primary School. A Youth group is based in Strachur Memorial Hall. Around 80 secondary school children attend Dunoon Grammar School who travel daily on the service bus which in the past has caused problems during periods of high usage. Steps have been taken to resolve this however challenges persist.

February 2008

5.1    Pre-School Education

Playgroup/Mothers and Toddlers:  
A playgroup is held four mornings a week from 9.30am to 13.30pm.  At the present time there are 15 children in the group, looked after by 2 members of staff.

Child Minders:
There are two registered child minders in the community.

5.2    Primary Education

The community has one Primary School, which has been in use since 1912. At the end of the 1970's, there were 104 children attending the school.  The school currently has a healthy school roll of 53 children, divided into 3 classes and one Head Teacher.  47 of these children attend the school from Strachur, St Catherines, Strathlachlan and Glenbranter. The others attend from Cairndow, since the closure of its local primary school in the 1970s.
 

Table 8: Strachur Primary School

Schools Number of pupils Number of teachers Number of other employees
Strachur Primary School 53 5 5

Table 9: Breakdown of Strachur District Primary School Roll

YEAR
NO.
YEAR
NO.
YEAR
NO.
YEAR
NO.
1975
94
1976
94
1977
104
1978
103
1979
102
1980
102
1981
81
1982
73
1983
69
1984
60
1985
61
1986
68
1987
73
1988
87
1989
84
1990
77
1991
71
1992
56
1993
55
1994
51
1995
62
1996
61
1997
67
1998
66
1999
71
2000
81
2001
66
2002
60
2003
63
2004
57
2005
56
2006
59
2007
53

Source:Strachur Primary School 2007

5.3    Secondary Education

Children from the Strachur district travel daily to Dunoon Grammar School (up to 30 miles away) by bus. Currently, over 80 children travel from Strachur and District to and from Dunoon Grammar school each day.  The school bus each morning and afternoon also serves as a service bus, with fee paying passengers on board.  There have been instances reported when the after-school bus leaving Dunoon has been full, and some children have had to wait up to 2 hours for the next bus to take them home.

5.4    Further Education, Training and Adult Education

The main sources of Further Education are Glasgow, Strathclyde and Paisley Universities and a number of colleges which provide courses for apprentices. All require travel across the Clyde Estuary

Strategic Issues

Out of school care is lacking in the district - other than two child-minders in the village
Currently a  healthy primary school roll, but reducing at a worrying rate.
School transport to Dunoon Grammar insufficient for current and predicted demand.
Lack of public transport services inhibits participation in after school activities at the Grammar School.

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