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Clear favourite for name of new south of the city academy

Members of Aberdeen’s Education and Children’s Services Committee will be asked to approve the name of the new £46.9million south of the city academy after a clear favourite emerged following a public consultation with pupils, staff and the wider community of Kincorth and Torry.

The committee, which meets on Thursday 17 November, will learn that from a shortlist of five proposed names Lochside Academy received almost twice as many votes as the name in second place.

The number of votes for each of the five names is shown below:

Proposed Name Number of votes

Wellington Academy 322

Calder Academy 249

Redmoss Academy 346

Lochside Academy 923

Altens Academy 419

All schools in the Kincorth Academy and Torry Academy Associated School Groups (ASG) were asked to provide a list of potential names for the new academy before the end of August 2016.

Kincorth Academy’s Associated School Group consists of Abbotswell School, Charleston School, Kirkhill School and Loirston School.

Torry Academy’s Associated School Group consists of Tullos School and Walker Road School.

Following their return from the October break pupils, school staff and the wider community had two weeks to vote for their favourite from a shortlist of five names. Letters were sent to all parents, the Parent Councils of the two ASGs and the four local community councils. Schools ran referenda and the public were also able to vote online.

The new academy will accommodate pupils from Kincorth Academy and Torry Academy, when it opens at the start of the school academic year in August 2018.

The state-of-the-art school will provide pupils and staff with the opportunity to enjoy learning and teaching in a modern, flexible environment, built to deliver the Curriculum for Excellence.

Out with the school day the building will become a leisure hub which will allow the local community to access a range of sporting and leisure facilities.

By using modern technology the new academy will be energy efficient which will help reduce the Council’s carbon footprint.