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Replacement secondary school set to go ahead
The creation of a new replacement secondary school in the southside of Aberdeen is set to go ahead.
It follows confirmation by the Scottish Government today [Wed 23 Oct] that it will not "call in" Aberdeen City Council's proposal to build a new replacement school for Torry Academy and Kincorth Academy, on the Bobby Calder Park site.
Aberdeen City Council's Convener of Education, Culture and Sport Committee Councillor Jenny Laing said: "We need a school that is fit for purpose in the 21st century which will provide pupils that live in Torry, Kincorth and Cove with the best possible chance to receive the quality of education they deserve.
"I would like to thank everyone that took the time to contribute to the consultation process. We will continue to work with the children, parents and schools in Torry, Kincorth and Cove to ensure that they are kept informed of developments as they progress.
"Attainment is a key ambition of this council and this new school will go a long way to providing local young people with better life chances and opportunities."
The council's Education, Culture and Sport Committee agreed to open public consultations on a preferred site for a replacement school for Kincorth and Torry Academies when it met in March .
Council officers were instructed to carry out statutory consultations on proposals "to close Kincorth Academy and Torry Academy and to amalgamate the two schools in a new, purpose-built secondary school on the Bobby Calder Park site."
The new school, which will accommodate up to 1450 pupils, is expected to open in the school session 2016-17.
The cost of the new school is estimated to be over £30 million. The City Council will meet one-third of the costs and the remaining two-thirds will be funded by the Scottish Government.
As part of the council's budget-setting process £10 million was allocated as part of the Non Housing Capital Programme as the council's contribution to the overall cost.