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Class Sizes: Little Eve Will Be The Only Student In The Village

04/05/2011 12:22 | Updated 22 May 2015
Class sizes: Little Eve will be the only student in the villageFile Photo. Image Credit: Getty Images

Whilst most parents agonise over class sizes and teacher-to-pupil ratios when choosing a school for their kids, two-year-old Eve Morris's mum has the reverse problem: when little Eve starts school next year, she will be the ONLY pupil there.

The Morris family live in the Western Isles of Scotland, where the tiny Rum Primary school has recently lost most of its (already minuscule) student body. First, numbers were halved from six to three when the headmaster moved, taking his grandchildren with him, then another family moved to the mainland. Currently, there are two pupils at the school, but both will have left by the time Eve starts next year.

Her mum, Ali, told the Scottish Sun she hopes more families move to the village so the school stays viable - and so that Eve has some playmates:

'This is the worst situation for the number of school children here I have known. If things stay as they are now, Eve will be the only pupil in nursery - and next year the only pupil going to school on the island.'

A spokesperson from Highland Council spokeswoman said the school WOULD stay open while there were pupils.

What would you do if your child was going to be the only pupil at a school? Relish the one-to-one tutoring, or move to make sure of social interaction?

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