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Informal Engagement on possible sites for the proposed new secondary school to replace Kincorth and Torry Academies

Aberdeen City Council has been reviewing its Education, Culture and Sport Estate and has established clear priorities to effectively manage the School Estate, in line with Scottish Government guidance.

One outcome of the Secondary School Estate Review, approved by Education, Culture and Sport Committee on October 2010, was to instruct officers to fully develop the following proposal 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.

The first stage of this process is to identify a site for the proposed new school. Informal Engagement on possible sites will run from Monday 14 January until Friday 28 March. Please note that, in response to community requests, the period of engagement has been extended.

Initial Site Appraisals have been carried out and the findings are published in the Site Appraisals Document.

The document can also be viewed at:

  • Abbotswell School
  • Charleston School
  • Kirkhill School
  • Loirston School
  • Tullos School
  • Walker Road School
  • Kincorth Academy
  • Torry Academy
  • Cove Community Centre
  • Kincorth Community Centre
  • Torry Community Centre
  • Marischal College
  • Central Library

A series of three drop-in events will take place at which participants will have the opportunity to view information about the sites under consideration and to discuss the options with Education, Planning and Architectural Officers of the Council.

Participants will be able to leave their comments with officers at these events.

The drop-in events will take place on:

  • Monday 21 January at Kincorth Academy from 4.30 to 8.00pm.
  • Tuesday 22 January at Charleston Primary School 5.00 to 8.00pm
  • Wednesday 23 January at Torry Academy 4.30 to 8.00pm.

Comments can also be submitted via the following methods:

Email

Writing

  • Kincorth/Torry Preferred Site Engagement
    Education, Culture and Sport , Aberdeen City Council
    Business Hub 13, Second Floor North
    Marischal College
    Broad Street
    ABERDEEN, AB10 1AB

All submissions should arrive no later than 5 p.m. on Friday 8 March, 2013.

What happens next?

It is important to emphasise that the decision on the preferred site will be taken by the Education, Culture and Sport Committee.

The information within this Site Appraisal Document will be included in a Report to Committee, along with stakeholder views submitted to the Council during the informal engagement period.

The Education, Culture and Sport Committee Meeting on 28 March 2013 will include an agenda item on the preferred site for the proposed new school to replace Kincorth and Torry Academies.

Once a decision on the preferred site is made, Committee may instruct officers to carry out statutory consultation on the formal proposal to close Kincorth and Torry Academies and create a new school on the preferred site.

Only after the outcome of that statutory consultation is considered at a future meeting of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee can any final decision on the formal proposal be made.