Education consultations

View details of current school consultations:

Closure of Longhaven School

On 30th June 2022 Aberdeenshire Council made the decision to permanently close Longhaven School and re-assign its catchment area to both Boddam School and Port Erroll School, creating a dual zone enabling parents to select between one of these schools. On 18 August 2022 Scottish Ministers approved Aberdeenshire Council’s decision to close Longhaven School and realign its catchment area to both Boddam School and Port Errol School.

The council proposed to discontinue education at Longhaven School and re-assign its catchment area to either Boddam School and/or Port Erroll School.

The statutory consultation ran from 7th December 2021 until 24th February 2022. This covered the required minimum of 30 days term time consultation.

Two virtual public meetings to discuss the proposal were held on 24th January and 25th January 2022. An online survey was available as part of the consultation.

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.

Officers reviewed the proposal in the context of the Education Scotland report, survey results, oral and written representations and produced a final report on the consultation.

This report was presented at Buchan Area Committee on 14th April 2022. The Education and Children’s Services Committee then considered the report on 9th June 2022 and the final decision on the proposal was made by Full Council on 30th June 2022.

To find all documents and reports, view documents relating to the Longhaven School closure consultation.

Closure of Gartly School

The council is proposing to discontinue education at Gartly School, which is currently mothballed and re-assigning its catchment area to either Kennethmont School and/or Rhynie School.

The statutory consultation ran from 7th December 2021 until 23rd March 2022. This adequately covered the required minimum of 30 days term time consultation.

Two virtual public meetings to discuss the proposal were held on 25th and 26th January 2022. A face-to-to-face meeting was held on 15th March 2022. An online survey was also available as part of the consultation.

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. 

Officers reviewed the proposal in the context of the Education Scotland report, survey results, oral and written representations and produced a final report on the consultation.

The consultation report will be presented at Marr Area Committee on 20th September 2022. Education and Children’s Services Committee will then consider the report on 13th October 2022 and the final decision on the proposal will be made by Full Council on 24th November 2022.

To find out more about the proposal, view the Gartly School closure consultation documents