Council meet to discuss proposals which could shut Aberdeen schools

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Councillors are meeting to discuss proposals which could see primary schools close in Aberdeen.

Following a review of the city’s school estate officials at Aberdeen City Council have drawn up more than 80 recommendations which are being discussed by the local authority’s education, culture and sport committee.

Quarryhill and Bramble Brae primaries could merge with pupils moving to the Quarryhill site.

Middleton Park and Glashieburn primaries would also merge under the proposals with a new school being built at the Glashieburn site to accommodate pupils. Abbotswell and Kirkhill primaries could close with a new school created on an as yet unidentified site.

If councillors opt to back the recommendations a six-month consultation would be launched.

Council papers published on Friday also revealed recommendations that 14 Victorian era schools - dating back as far as the 1930s - should undergo refurbishment.

The council report states: “There is a requirement to improve the suitability of the granite-built Victorian Schools which are located within established communities across the city.

“A programme to improve suitability should be instigated which would involve exploring possible alterations to internal and external facilities.”

Catchment areas for some schools would also be altered under some proposals.

Council officials described it as “an opportunity to ensure that primary schools are zoned to a single academy and all areas in the city are only zoned to a single primary or secondary school”.

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