Education Consultations

Current consultations

Review of Stonehaven Town Primary School Zones 2017

We are proposing that the existing primary school catchment areas for Arduthie School, Dunnottar School, Mill O’Forest School be amended with effect from August 2018.  

The Stonehaven Rezoning Consultation was prompted by an imbalance of rolls across the Stonehaven network and the impact of current housing developments in and around Stonehaven. Whilst there is currently capacity across the whole network, it is no longer in the right place. The purpose of the rezoning exercise is to change the catchment areas of the three primary schools in the town of Stonehaven so that current and future pupils can be educated in school buildings with sufficient space.  

The consultation will run from 28th June 2017 until 29th September 2017. We must receive any written comments on the proposals within this time in order for us to take them into account. 

You can participate in this engagement via our online survey, available from Thursday 29th June 2017.  

View the consultation documents:

Blairs Housing Development Rezoning 2017

We are proposing to formalise the arrangements for the pupils living in the Blairs housing development; and that these pupils should continue to be zoned to Lairhillock School for primary education and then to the secondary school for the cluster which is Mackie Academy. New pupils from the Blairs housing development should be educated at their newly zoned secondary school with effect from August 2018. 

This proposal was prompted by the decision made by Aberdeen City Council to remove the Blairs housing development from the Cults Academy catchment area.   

The consultation will run from 28th June 2017 until 29th September 2017. We must receive any written comments on the proposals within this time in order for us to take them into account.    

You can participate in this engagement via our online survey, available from Thursday 29th June 2017. 

View the Blairs Rezoning Consultation 2017 (pdf 664KB).

Fraserburgh Primary Schools – public engagement

The council are currently reviewing primary school provision in Fraserburgh. This follows an initial assessment that school catchment zones in the town were not best serving the community and the annual Condition and Suitability surveys identified school buildings in Fraserburgh which did not meet satisfactory requirements.

In 2016, the initial stage of the consultation provided eight options for the community to comment on and a poll asked respondents which one they preferred. The results of the initial stage of the consultation indicated a preference for a merger of St Andrews School and Fraserburgh North School into a new build school.

The council investigated a number of locations for siting a new primary school and found the site that offered the required space and proximity to the pupil population of St Andrew’s School and Fraserburgh North School was the ground adjacent to Fraserburgh Academy.

Consideration has also been given to the commitment by the Scottish Government to expand entitlement for childcare from 600 hours to 1,140 hours for two, three and four year olds by 2020. As a result council officers have investigated converting the St Andrew’s School infant building for use as a nursery facility. Converting this building would give the council a modern facility with a capacity of approximately 140 children.

The council invite your feedback on the following three options:

  • Merge Fraserburgh North and St Andrew’s Schools into a new build school with nursery on the Academy campus
  • Merge Fraserburgh North and St Andrew’s Schools into a new build school on the Academy campus, with nursery provision at converted St Andrew’s infant building
  • Status quo – leave schools and catchment zones as they are

You can participate in this engagement via our online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/52K2ZHS or email your comments to learningestates@aberdeenshire.gov.uk. The public engagement will remain open until Friday 31 March 2017.

For further information please view the presentation below, which was given to staff and parents at Fraserburgh Academy on the 22 February 2017.

Fraserburgh engagement meeting February 2017 (pdf 3.47MB).

Peterhead Community Campus – public consultation on site options

Aberdeenshire Council have put forward two options for consideration by the public on a site for a proposed new Community Campus in Peterhead. A decision on which option is to be considered further has not taken place however a recommendation will be submitted to councillors in due course. The preferred option will also be subject to a robust business case. Option 1 is an edge of town site in the Clerkhill area of the town which would include a replacement secondary, a new primary school and Additional Support Needs provision. All sport, leisure and community facilities would also be on site. Option 1 also includes a replacement of Peterhead Central School on the current academy grounds. Option 2 is a replacement secondary on the current site of Peterhead Academy with associated pool and community facilities off site a Catto Park and Barclay Park. Option 2 also includes a replacement Central School and ASN provision on the existing academy site. The  drawings below are indicative proposals and are no way meant to depict a final design or layout:

 Option 1

Option 2

Phase 1  

Phase 1

Phase 2 

Phase 2

Phase 3 

Phase 3

Phase 4

Phase 4

 

Phase 5

Comments on site options can be submitted to the Learning Estates Team by email to learningestates@aberdeenshire.gov.uk by 31st December 2016.

St Andrews School, Inverurie

Proposal on Relocation of St Andrew’s School to Inverurie Community Campus

A statutory consultation period on the proposed relocation of St Andrew’s School was undertaken from Monday 9 January 2017 to Friday 24 February 2017. This covered the required minimum of 30 days term time consultation. A public meeting was held at Inverurie Academy on 1 February 2017 at 7pm.

Following the statutory consultation period, officers submitted the proposal document, survey results, written and oral representations, and other relevant documentation to Education Scotland for their consideration. Education Scotland produced a report addressing educational aspects of the proposal by Aberdeenshire Council to relocate St Andrew’s School within the Inverurie Community Campus. 

Officers reviewed the proposal in the context of the Education Scotland report, survey results, oral and written representations. A report on the consultation, including responses to representations and officer recommendation on the proposal to relocate St Andrew’s School within the Inverurie Community Campus can be found below.

View the consultation documents:

The report will be presented to the Garioch Area Committee on 6 June 2017 for discussion and recommendation, and then to the Education and Children’s Services (ECS) Committee on 14 June 2017. The Committee will consider the report and will be asked to approve the officer recommendation on the proposal.

Recently closed consultations

Review of Mintlaw Network Primary School Zones

Aberdeenshire Council have consulted on new school catchment areas for six primary schools in the Mintlaw Network. These were Stuartfield, Mintlaw Primary, Pitfour, Maud, Fetterangus and Longside. The catchment areas or zones determine which school a pupil should attend, based upon where they live. This consultation ran from 5 October 2016 until 2 December 2016.

Aberdeenshire Council considered all responses to the consultation and a report with recommendations went to the Buchan Area Committee on 31 January 2017 and to the Education and Children's services Committee on 16 February 2017. The report can be found below:

Review of Mintlaw Primary Network Zones Proposal    

Review of Mintlaw Primary Network Zones Report

Mintlaw Review Public Meeting Minutes

The following recommendations were approved by the Committees:

  1. Rezone Old Deer from Stuartfield School to Maud School
  2. Rezone Nether Aden and all streets to the west of South Street to Pitfour School from Mintlaw Primary School, with Mintlaw Primary School retaining the Northwoods development and Clola

Changes to the catchment areas for Maud school, Mintlaw Primary school, Pitfour school and Stuartfield school will be implemented with effect from August 2017. The following maps show the new catchment areas:

New Pitfour catchment

New Mintlaw primary catchment

New Maud catchment

New Stuartfield catchment

New catchment overview 

Rezoning of the Primary School catchment areas in Ellon

An online survey is currently available to gather views on the current catchment areas for schools in the Ellon Primary School network. The survey seeks to find out any areas that may need to change before developing a set of options for informal engagement sessions. The dualling of the AWPR between Balmedie and Tipperty may affect how easily families living nearby can get to their zoned school and so views are being sought on that as well.

The survey can be accessed here:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/EllonPrimarySchoolNetwork 

Rezoning of the Primary School catchment areas in Westhill

This statutory consultation ran from 14 August 2015 until 9 October 2015 on the proposal to rezone the primary school catchment areas in Westhill.

The proposal document can be found below. Aberdeenshire Council have considered all responses to the consultation and a report with recommendations can be found below. This report was considered by Garioch Area Committee in January 2016 and then by the Education and Children's Services Committee in February 2016 when a final decision was made to implement the changes with effect from August 2016.

Westhill Rezoning Consultation Proposal (pdf 4.85MB)

Westhill Rezoning Consultation Report (pdf 1.43MB)

Westhill Rezoning Public Meeting Minutes (doc 94kb)

The new catchment areas approved through the consultation can be found in the table below.

Crombie School - New Catchment

Elrick School - New Catchment

Skene School - New Catchment

Westhill Primary School - New Catchment

Relocation of Inverurie Market Place School

This statutory consultation ran from 1 June 2015 until 3 September 2015 on the proposal to relocate Inverurie Market Place School from it's current location on Market Place, Inverurie to a new school at Uryside, Inverurie.

The proposal document can be found below. Aberdeenshire Council have considered all responses to the consultation and a report with recommendations can be found below. This report was considered by Garioch Area Committee in January 2016 and then by the Education and Children's Services Committee in February 2016 when a decision was made approving the relocation of Inverurie Market Place School.

Inverurie Market Place Consultation Report (177kb)

Inverurie Market Place Consultation Proposal (2MB)

Inverurie Market Place Public Meeting Minutes (75kb)

Crimond School and Kellands School Dyslexia Units

This statutory consultation proposes the redesign of the support and reallocation of the dyslexia units at Kellands and Crimond Schools to an area model. The consultation ran from 6 January 2015 to 26 February 2015.

Public meetings were held on Tuesday 3rd February at Crimond School at 6.30pm and Wednesday 4th February at Kellands School at 6.30pm.

The proposal document can be found below, along with Aberdeenshire Council's report on the consultation which includes Education Scotland's report. This report was considered by Garioch and Buchan Area Committees in April 2015 and by the Education and Children's Services Committee in May and August 2015 in order for a final decision to be made.

Enhanced Provision Consultation Proposal

Crimond School and Kellands School Dyslexia Units Consultation Final Report  

On 27 August 2015, the Education and Children's Services Committee made the decision to close the two dyslexia units as per the recommendations in the consultation report. Aberdeenshire Council has notified the Scottish Government of its decision.

The Scottish Government called in Aberdeenshire Council's decision and it was considered by the School Closure Review Panel. On 23 November 2015 the panel decided to overturn Aberdeenshire Council's decision to close the units.

Aberdeenshire school enhanced provision: the relocation of Newtonhill School enhanced provision centre to Portlethen Primary School, Portlethen

The council considered all responses to this consultation and a report with recommendations went to the Education and Children’s Services Committee on 16 February 2017. View the Portlethan and Newtonhill consultation report (pdf 952KB). 

Aberdeenshire school enhanced provision: the establishment of an enhanced provision centre at Mill O' Forest School, Stonehaven

The council considered all responses to this consultation and a report with recommendations went to the Education and Children’s Committee on 16 February 2017. View the enhanced provision for Stonehaven consultation report (pdf 917KB).

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