Island hopping is out
But Lesley Manson, Orkney's director of education, described the percentages as meaningless. "The one thing that is constant is that half the schools are on islands and you cannot rationalise schools between two islands. There has also been a definite drift from islands and rural areas to more central areas," Mr Manson said.
He added: "We do not regard this as a problem to address but an inevitability of having schools in rural and island areas."