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Nursery and Primary School Estate Review to be discussed next week

01/02/13

The future of Aberdeen's Nursery and Primary School Estate will be discussed at a special meeting of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee on Thursday 07 February.

A report detailing a range of proposals for the provision of education in the city over the next 20 to 25 years has been tabled for discussion. It takes account of significant educational changes, demographics and the future growth of the city in line with the recent adoption of the Aberdeen Local Development Plan.

The recommendations include:
• the creation of new schools;
• 14m refurbishment programme;
• rezoning of some catchment areas;
• amalgamation of some schools;
• increased nursery provision.

The full report is available on the council website:
http://committees.aberdeencity.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=2782&T=10

Aberdeen City Council's Convener of Education, Culture and Sport Committee Councillor Jenny Laing said: "We have to ensure that the educational provision within the city is the best it can possibly be. In order to achieve this it is essential that we draw up a strategy that provides clear direction and vision for the next 20 to 25 years.

"We have to make important decisions that will affect education in the city for many years to come. That is why it is vital that we make the right decisions and, by working together, ensure we get the best educational outcomes for this and future generations."

Vice-convener of Education, Culture and Sport Committee Councillor Ross Thomson added: "Huge numbers of parents, teachers and pupils have actively engaged in the Council's consultation on the school estate review. I am heartened that many of those views are reflected in the proposals which will be open to further consultation.

"Aberdeen has changed significantly and the school estate as it stands does not reflect those changes. We believe our schools should be fit for purpose for the 21st century and that they must provide the very best education possible for every single pupil across this city. We are aspirational for what all our pupils and teachers can achieve. We have worked closely with parents, pupils, teachers and communities and we will continue to do so as we move forward together."

The report focuses on mainstream nursery and primary school provision. Specific provision for children with Additional Special Needs (ASN) will be addressed as part of the city-wide review of inclusion.

An informal public engagement on the Review of Nursery and Primary School Estate was carried out last year.

The report recommends that the council undertakes a formal public consultation exercise. Councillors will make a decision in the Town House at 10am on Thursday 07 February.