A new nursery unit to accommodate both English and Gaelic Medium will be built in Sleat.
It was agreed today (Wednesday 28 August) that the building will be a Council priority.
It will include two rooms, one for for Gaelic Medium and English Medium classes.
It is expected that a further £250,000 will be allocated from the School Estate Investment Programme capital budget for the formation of a new car park and associated works to improve safety and security at the site, along with minor improvements to the former school house now used as a classroom/teaching space. These improvement works will be undertaken with the Bun-Sgoil Shlèite community in order to improve community relations and seek greater collaboration.
Councillor John Finlayson, Chair of the Care, Learning and Housing Committee said: “I have been involved in many discussions about the configuration of Sleat Primary School over the last few months and a decision of this nature is not straight forward. Having taken into account the feedback received from parents, carers, staff and the community it has been determined by Highland Council that the greatest positive impact would be achieved from building a new nursery unit to accommodate both the English and Gaelic Medium Early Years Departments.
"This decision will achieve the greatest level of inclusion while at the same time preserving the immersion principles that support Gaelic Medium Education.
"This decision will also ensure that all children equally benefit from the new provision and other upgrades to the carpark and facilities.”