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Britain’s smallest classroom!

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23 Nov 2015

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On a tiny Scottish island of Out Skerries, Aron Anderson is the sole pupil at Skerries Community School.


The island of Out Skerries has a population of just 70 people and covers only two square miles, and is one of the most eastern of the Shetland Isles.


The nearest town is the Shetland capital of Lerwick, which is a two-and-a-half hour journey by ferry.


Aron has two classrooms to himself, which include  a craft room, music room and a library.


When the bell rings for break time, the youngster has the entire run of the playground to himself.


This makes Aron one of the most expensive school children to educate in the UK. His local council forks out £75,357 for his education which is double the amount it costs to send a child to Eton at full-board.


The school hasn't always been so empty, until this school year Aron was one of a handful of pupils including Aron’s older brothers Ivan, 13, and Owen, 16, and their friends Ethan and Scott Arthur, 12 and 16.


But the older boys now attend a Secondary school on the Shetland mainland during the week, leaving Aron alone.


The youngster is greeted every morning by his teacher Jean Harlow who gives him lessons in maths, English, science, cookery and crafts.


PE proves problematic; with no-one else to take part in team games but Mrs Harlow makes sure the two of them embark on a mile long run every day for exercise.


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