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September
2016
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19:44
Europe/Amsterdam

New school for Torry takes a step closer

A new primary school for Torry took a step closer to reality today when councillors on Aberdeen City Council’s Education and Children’s Services committee voted in favour of the proposal today (Thursday 8 September).

The new school which would include early learning and childcare facilities and a Community Hub is scheduled to be built on the site of Torry Academy.

The plan follows a review of education provision in the Torry community, recognising the rising school aged population resulting from new housing developments and increased birth rates in the area.

The new school will also help Aberdeen City Council meet national plans to expand early learning and childcare entitlements across the country by 2020.

A formal programme of consultation was also approved with regard to Torry Academy being the preferred site of the new school. The feedback from the consultation will be fed back to the committee for consideration. This follows on from engagement with the local community that has already taken place to date where parents, community groups and residents were asked for their views.

Angela Taylor, Convener of the Education and Children’s Services committee at Aberdeen City Council said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to build this new school for Torry and expand the provision of primary school and early years’ education in the area.

“We also recognize that Torry is a close knit Aberdeen community that has its own distinct identity and so we are just as pleased to be able to offer a new purpose built Community Hub”.