Fall in pupil numbers at Bute’s schools

The pupil roll at Rothesay Academy has fallen by 23.1 per cent in the last five years.
The pupil roll at Rothesay Academy has fallen by 23.1 per cent in the last five years.

The number of pupils attending Bute’s four schools has fallen by more than one in eight in the last five years, according to newly-published figures.

In total, 675 pupils were enrolled at Rothesay Academy, Rothesay Primary, North Bute Primary and St Andrew’s Primary for the 2014-15 academic year, compared to 778 in 2010-11.

The decline was most pronounced at Rothesay Academy, where the pupil roll has fallen from 390 to exactly three hundred in the same five-year period - a reduction of 23.1 per cent.

By comparison, the total number of pupils attending Rothesay, St Andrew’s and North Bute this year is 375 - down from 388 five years ago, and from a peak of 401 in 2012-13, representing a five-year decline of 3.4 per cent.

The figures - in particularly those for the Academy - suggest that efforts to reverse Bute’s population decline have yet to take effect; the last UK census found that the island was home to 6,498 people in 2011, compared to 7,228 ten years previously.