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COLMONELL Primary was given the thumbs up by Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Tam Baillie, after he paid to the Carrick school last week.

The visit to Colmonell and Ballantrae primary schools was part of the ‘big blether’ tour where Mr Baillie travels across the country to talk with pupils.

Pupils learned about their rights and talked about issues that affect them. Mr Baillie said after his trip: “The new school at Colmonell is fabulous!”

“It was great to be able to talk with the children from both Colmonell and Ballantrae and to listen to what they had to say.”

The Commissioner reviews the law, policy and practice relating to the rights of children and young people, with a view to assessing their adequacy and effectiveness. The role applies to all children and young people under 18 and to all children and young people up to the age of 21, who have been in care, were looked after by a local authority and are still living in Scotland.

Welcoming the Commissioner, Harry Garland, South Ayrshire Council’s Executive Director, Children & Community, said: “We take the rights of our children and our responsibility to them very seriously and we’re delighted the Commissioner took time to visit pupils from Colmonell and Ballantrae primary schools.”