GV of Strachan School in Aberdeenshire. The Jennifer Neish and Iain Gillies have won their battle with Aberdeenshire Council who had previously announced it was mothballing Strachan School after the summer meaning their childern would have to go elsewhere. See Centre Press stroy CPSCHOOL; A rural Scots school was reopened to just two pupils yesterday (Mon) after parents won their battle against its closure. Strachan School, near Banchory in Aberdeenshire, was mothballed due to having a low school roll during the summer. According to campaigners the school roll only dropped to two after the local authority announced it was going to make it a “one classroom, one teacher” primary. Following their decision 17 families moved their children to other schools in the area. Just last month Aberdeenshire Council was insisting the school would only reopen if there was sufficient demand in the area. However, after a hard-fought campaign by parents, that decision was reversed last month after a “strange” change of heart by Aberdeenshire Council.