"One more pupil please!" reads the appeal sent out by Rebecca Ridgway, desperate to find a young family prepared to move to one of the emptiest places in Europe to stop the school roll falling below 20 at her children's primary.
Ridgway – who runs the adventure holiday company founded by her father, the yachtsman John Ridgway – takes her two children, Hughie, eight, and Molly, 10, to school each morning in an open boat with an outboard motor from their home in Ardmore, in Sutherland.
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Competition for places at Scottish universities will be fierce in 2012
Published: Tuesday, 13 September 2011 09:31
The McEwan Hall and Bristo Square at Edinburgh university. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian
Could Scottish students lose out as university places are offered to English school-leavers with lower A-level grades?
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Out of KIlter
Published: Monday, 15 November 2010 17:23
Tuition fees: widening the gap between England and Scotland. From the Guardian Education Nov 15
With tuition fees in England set to rise in 2012, the divergence between Scottish and English higher education looks likely to grow.
Edinburgh University: there are four universities in Edinburgh alone, so there is some scope for merging of functions and facilities.
Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian
Five centuries ago, while the gilded youth of England headed off to Oxford each autumn with their retinues, the kilted sons of Scottish fisherfolk and farmers – tradition has it – walked to Scotland's ancient universities, each carrying a bag of oatmeal on their shoulders – rations for an entire term.
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