Portlethen schools’ consultation begins

The status quo option map
The status quo option map

Public consultation on proposals to redistribute primary school zones in the Portlethen network have begun this week.

A public meeting will also take place at the end of January as part of the consultation process.

The preferred option map.

The preferred option map.

Proposals for an additional primary school at Hillside, Portlethen, were backed by Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy and Resources Committee in June 2013.

In order to deliver the additional school, a new catchment area needs to be created and the remaining areas in the network reviewed.

An online survey with copies of maps - including the proposed boundary changes - is available to gather responses at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PortlethenRezoningConsultation

Schools affected by the proposals are Banchory-Devenick, Portlethen Primary, Fishermoss and Newtonhill.

The catchment areas for the schools will come into effect from August 2016 and will only affect new pupils in the network.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “The council strives to allocate its resources in a way that ensures the quality of all its services.

“It attaches particular importance to providing the best educational experience for all of the pupils in its schools.

“In order to fulfil this vision, the council adapts to changing circumstances and regularly reviews education provision across Aberdeenshire.

“This consultation gives parents and local stakeholders the opportunity to have their say on proposed changes to the school zones in the Portlethen area.”

Vice-chair of the committee, Councillor Ron McKail, added: “When plans for the proposed new school and community development on land at Hillside were unveiled to residents in early October 2014, they were very well received by the local community.

“I encourage all those interested to complete the online survey and attend the public meeting.”

Parents and local stakeholders are encouraged to attend the meeting which will be held in Portlethen Academy’s drama studio from 6-8pm on Wednesday, January 28.

Copies of the proposals are available from Aberdeenshire Council’s Woodhill House headquarters in the city as well as from the schools affected by the proposals, Portlethen Library, Newtonhill Library and Aberdeenshire Council’s Viewmount offices in Stonehaven.

A copy will also be published on Aberdeenshire Council’s website www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk

For further information on the proposals or to make comments relating to them, contact Maxine Booth, Aberdeenshire Council, Learning Estates Team, Education and Children’s Services, Gordon House, Blackhall Road, Inverurie, AB51 3WA.

You can also email rezoning@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Comments should be submitted by Tuesday, February 27.