Education Consultations

Current consultations

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

Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning & Leisure Committee agreed on 8 December 2016 that a statutory consultation on the relocation of St Andrew’s School within the new Inverurie Community Campus will begin this month.

The formal consultation will ask pupils, parents, staff and other community representatives for their views on the school moving to a distinct space within the wider community campus setting, with a separate school entrance and classrooms, sensory rooms and therapy suites. The proposal to relocate the school comes after extensive informal engagement with staff and parents over a number of years on future plans for the school.

Formal consultation must now take place in line with the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 and gives staff, parents and pupils another chance to have their say on the proposals.

The consultation will open on 9 January 2017 and close on 24 February 2017. Any written comments on the proposals must be received by Aberdeenshire Council within this time in order for them to be taken into account.  Please send any written responses to: Anne Marie Davies, Quality Improvement Manager ASN, to be received no later than 5 pm on Friday 24th February 2017. They should be posted to:

Aberdeenshire Council, Education and Children’s Services, Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen, AB16 5GB

or emailed to: LearningEstates@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

As part of the consultation process, a public meeting will take place on 01 February 2017 at 7 pm in the Inverurie Academy Assembly Hall.

Please find below links to the consultation proposal document, including accessible versions:

The consultation proposal document contains further information on where additional copies of the proposal document may be obtained and details of how to make written comments on the proposal.

An online survey will be available as part of the consultation. This can be completed at the following address: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ProposedRelocationOfStAndrewsSchoolStatutoryConsultation

It is expected that the results of the consultation will be discussed by Garioch Area Committee in Spring 2017 before a recommendation is made to the Education & Children’s Services Committee for a final decision to be taken in Summer 2017. 

The formal consultation process will run alongside the ongoing process of communication and collaboration between officers and all stakeholders in developing the proposed designs. Aberdeenshire Council continue to value the active engagement and positive contribution of parents and staff.

Proposed Site Plan and Landscape Overview:

This drawing shows the currently proposed campus layout, including vehicular and pedestrian access routes, car and bus parking, external facilities, features and furniture. You will note it is proposed that the St Andrew’s School has a dedicated vehicular access via Jackson Street.

Proposed Site Plan & Landscape Overview (pdf 12.9mb)

St Andrew’s School Floor Plan and 3D Overview:

These drawings show the proposed layout of the St Andrew’s School facility. As a result of feedback received during consultation exercises held since August 2016, and the incorporation of good practice observed in other similar facilities, these drawings represent a refined set of proposals which include a dedicated reception/administration, Head Teacher and Depute Head Teacher offices within the St. Andrew’s School area, and a number of classrooms with direct access to toilets.

Floor Plan (pdf 2.13mb)
3D Overview (pdf 8.29mb)

St Andrew’s School Classroom Configuration Options:

This drawing shows different potential configurations of teaching spaces and associated storage. You will note that the floor plans have been developed on the basis of Option 1, which has been well received and allows us to limit clear sight lines within corridors, which is regarded as best practice.

Classroom Configuration Options (pdf 428kb)

St Andrew’s School 3D Internal View:

This drawing provides a view from the Junior Suite Breakout/Dining area, looking into the dedicated St Andrew’s School courtyard.

3D Internal View (pdf 520kb)

St Andrew’s School Key Routes:

This drawing shows the routes by which St Andrew’s School pupils can access various additional specialist practical spaces within the Campus.

Key Routes (pdf 2.84mb)

St Andrew’s School External Areas:

This drawing shows the dedicated external spaces allocated to St Andrew’s School, along with potential options for their configuration. The development of the designs for these areas will be progressed collaboratively, and can include the relocation of equipment from the existing St Andrew’s School site.

External Areas (pdf 4.58mb)

St Andrew’s School 3D External Views:

These external visualisations show how the St Andrew’s School accommodation could look, along with the associated dedicated external spaces.

3D External View 01 – Overview (jpeg 1.16mb)
3D External View 02 – Courtyard (jpeg 1.01mb)
3D External View 03 - South Elevation (jpeg 868kb)

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 Stonehaven

Proposals are currently being developed for new catchment areas in the Stonehaven Primary School network. Public engagement sessions were held in Stonehaven Library and Mackie Academy Library on Wednesday 18th May 2016. Further engagement sessions will take place in June at the following locations: Mill O'Forest School - 21st June 2016, 3pm - 4.30pm; Arduthie School - 22nd June 2016, 2.30pm - 4.30pm; Dunnottar School - 28th June, 9am - 10.30am.  The feedback from these sessions will feed into the proposals which will be included in a statutory consultation after the summer holidays. The maps in the consultation can be viewed as pdf files below:

Proposed Catchment Zone - Arduthie pdf

Proposed Catchment Zone - Arduthie (Town) pdf

Proposed Catchment Zone - Dunnottar School pdf

Proposed Catchment Zone - Mill O'Forest pdf

Proposed Catchment Zone - Mill O'Forest (Town) pdf

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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