Confirmation of new primary school planned for Fraserburgh

Aberdeenshire Council has confirmed its commitment to build a new primary school in Fraserburgh.

By Kirstie Topp
Thursday, 25th March 2021, 10:28 am
Fraserburgh North is one of the schools planned to be replaced by a new school.
Fraserburgh North is one of the schools planned to be replaced by a new school.

At last week’s budget meeting, it was confirmed that two new schools, one in Fraserburgh and the other in Stonehaven, had been included in the local authority’s Capital Plan.

The new Fraserburgh school will replace the town’s existing Fraserburgh North and St Andrews schools while the Stonehaven facility will replace Dunnottar School.

At the meeting, council leader Councillor Andy Kille noted that the replacement schools had been “repeatedly” identified in the council’s Learning Estates strategies.

St Andrews School has also been lined up for replacement.

It was pointed out that the existing school provision in Fraserburgh presented “significant challenges” with regards to accessibility, suitability and environmental conditions.

Councillor Kille added that informal engagement has already been carried out with families in Fraserburgh regarding the merger of the schools and the building of a new facility in the town.

The council leader said that both school projects were “clear priorities for investment” and expressed a strong desire to see them move forward with them “urgently”.

Business Cases would need to be developed for both projects, subject to consultation with relevant Area Committees and the Education and Children’s Services Committee.

Councillor Doreen Mair said she was “absolutely delighted” that the two schools were part of the Capital Plan.

She added: “Our children deserve state-of-the-art learning environments to thrive and enhance their life chances and these projects will absolutely deliver this.”

Chair of the Education and Children’s Services Committee councillor Gillian Owen welcomed the proposals and supported the call for Business Cases to be made for both schools.

The council’s Capital Plan also includes funding for a number of repairs to education facilities and improvements to its Live Life Aberdeenshire offerings.

As part of this accessibility across schools will be improved, practical spaces will be refurbished and learning plazas will be created in academies across the region.