Hillside School will open in March

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Portlethen’s new primary school is due to open its doors on March 27 2017, seven months later than planned.

However, school roll projections put before councillors at Tuesday’s Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee showed that within just a few years it could be over capacity.

The figures being presented to the committee show it could be 55% over capacity by 2022, meanwhile Portlethen primary school will be well under capacity.

Aberdeenshire Council’s head of Performance and Resources, Craig Clement, said: “The school’s capacity is 355 but there is potential of expanding it in the future if necessary.

“School roll forecasts are created using a formula based on local housing development expected in the area but they are very much indicative figures which depend on factors including birth rates which can vary from year to year and parental decisions about whether children will join their siblings at other schools or attend the new one. As with any school, we will be continually monitoring the school roll at Hillside so that the young people there continue to have the space and environment to develop their learning.”

Mr Clement also said: “It’s exciting to have a date for when the pupils at Hillside Primary School will transfer to their new building. The new £12.9m school will have facilities for primary pupils as well as pre-school and play group provision, a dedicated community room, a two-court sports hall, library, 13 classrooms and office and staff areas.

“Outside, the playground and all-weather pitch will give pupils an excellent opportunity for outdoor learning and the chance to take part in different sports.”