Community feedback supports creating a new school at current Kinellar Primary School site

A public engagement event took place recently (Tuesday, December 15) organised by Aberdeenshire Council to discuss proposals, timescales and options for a new Kinellar Primary School with parents and carers.

Over 70 people attended the event to learn of two options proposed by the council: to either continue negotiation regarding land at the edge of the village; or to build a new purpose built school on the existing Kinellar Primary School site.

In relation to option two, building on the current site, pupils would be educated at the new Midmill school in Kintore in January 2017 until the new Kinellar school was completed around summer 2018.

The community was assured that there would be capacity at the new Midmill school in Kintore and Kinellar Primary School would retain its identity within the school

In addition, provision would be made in the interim period to support transport to the school as well as additional spaces within the after school club and, for younger children, arrangements would be made to retain nursery provision in Kinellar.

Following the meeting, Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Councillor Alison Evison, said: “There was very constructive dialogue from everyone who attended the meeting to discuss building the new Kinellar Primary School and reassurance was given around provision of education.

“It was a positive display of community engagement and the whole school community will continue to be involved once a decision is reached by members of the council’s Policy and Resources Committee early next year.”

Garioch Area Committee Chair Councillor Fergus Hood added: “The new school must meet the needs of the local community and the event allowed people to raise concerns from the size of the school roll, to operational matters.

“The valuable feedback gained at the meeting will inform the proposals that councillors will look at in January and the council is also encouraging views from those who couldn’t attend.”

A further report on both options for Kinellar Primary School will be presented to Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy and Resources Committee in January with further opportunities for engagement pending the outcome.

For people who couldn’t attend the meeting and have any questions, or would like a copy of the presentation, contact learning estates quality improvement manager Maxine Booth by January 7, at: