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Funding announcement could see new secondary school for south-side of Aberdeen

26/09/12

Aberdeen City Council has learnt today [Wednesday 26 September] that it has been successful in gaining financial support from the Scottish Government to help build a new school in the south of the city.

Schools. In February 2012, local authorities were invited by the Scottish Government to bid for support from the third and final phase of the Scotland's Schools for the Future programme, by identifying their priority projects.

Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Barney Crockett said: "I welcome today's announcement and confirm we will provide our share of the necessary financing to make sure the new school can be built as soon as possible.

"The delivery of top-quality education is this Administration's number one priority. Creating a modern new school with community facilities to serve the south of the city will be an important step on the road to ensuring that Aberdeen is known for its educational excellence."

In 2010, Education, Culture and Sport Committee resolved to instruct officers to fully develop proposals as soon as practicable to replace Torry Academy and Kincorth Academy with one single larger school on an appropriate site to accommodate all existing secondary pupils and any pupils generated by the development proposed at Loirston.

In order to fulfill this resolution, the following actions would be necessary:

1) an options appraisal of all available sites, to be carried out by Enterprise, Planning & Infrastructure Committee of Aberdeen City Council;
2) engagement with local communities to ascertain areas of concern regarding site selection; this will mainly focus on accessibility;
3) report to Education, Culture & Sport Committee of Aberdeen City Council on preferred site;
4) statutory engagement on the proposal to create a new school on the preferred site; this will include an Educational Benefits Statement which we are confident will be positive; preparation and engagement period.
5) report back to Education, Culture & Sport Committee.

The cash support for the new school in Aberdeen is part of a Scottish Government programme to part-fund the construction of 67 new schools across Scotland.