Crimond School unit may face closure

Crimond School
Crimond School

Buchan councillors will discuss proposals for the redesign of support and reallocation of the dyslexia unit at Crimond School.

Members of the Buchan area committee meet in Peterhead later when they will consider revamped plans for the unit at Crimond and also at Kellands School.

Public meetings were held at both schools in February this year and a report was sent to Education Scotland.

They subsequently produced a report addressing educational aspects of the proposal by Aberdeenshire Council to close the dyslexia units at both schools and provide support for all learners, including those with dyslexia, in their own schools.

The recommendations from today’s meeting will be considered at a meeting of the council’s education, learning and leisure committee in May.

The education authority says that the nine area model of enhance provision would provide a fair, transparent and equitable service across the Shire and allow all children with dyslexia to be educated in their own areas with tailored support to meet their needs.

It says that it has listened carefully to the points made at the public meetings and has considered equally carefully the written representations.

Members will be asked to consider two options - maintain the status quo or implement the redesign of the support and reallocation of the dyslexia units at the two schools to an area model.

The recommendation of officers is for approval of the second option.