Orkney Islands Council
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Consultation on three-night weekend for Papdale Halls residents and potential effect on ferry and school timetables

This page is for historical purposes only. This consultation is now closed.

The period of consultation is from Tuesday 3 June until Tuesday 1 July 2014.

Isles parents and parent councils have asked the Council to consider the feasibility of enabling isles pupils to spend three nights at home each weekend. At present, most Outer North Isles pupils travel home on Fridays and back to Kirkwall on Sundays. The request is that the inward journey should take place on Monday mornings.

This consultation seeks the views of all those potentially affected, or their representatives. This includes: all current KGS pupils and their parents; pupils not yet at KGS (P4 – S4) and their parents; all staff at KGS and Papdale Halls; all community councils and parent councils in areas whose pupils attend KGS, the wider community across Orkney who have an interest in ferry transport to the isles. 

The consultation will also help in the assessment of the likely impact of making the required changes to either or both the ferry timetable and school day start/finish time.

For more details, read the Consultation Background available from the Related Downloads section on this page.

You can complete the questionnaire:

  • Online - see the Related Sites section of this page.  
  • By downloading and printing a copy of the questionnaire from the Related Downloads section of this page.
  • By picking up a paper copy of the questionnaire from the following OIC outlets:
  • Customer Services, Kirkwall Council Offices.
  • Kirkwall Library.
  • Kirkwall Grammar School.
  • Any school by request.
  • Papdale Halls of Residence.
  • Orkney Ferries.

Completed hard copies of the questionnaire should be returned to: Peter Diamond, Head of Schools, Education, Leisure and Housing, Council Offices, School Place, Kirkwall KW15 1NY. 

The outcome of this consultation, along with any associated recommendations on how to progress the three-night weekend, will be reported to a meeting of Education, Leisure and Housing Committee in September 2014.

If this document is not fully accessible and you need it in alternative format, or if you require any further information, please contact Peter Diamond, Head of Schools tel 01856 873535 ext 2401.