Boost for schools as upgrades agreed

Kinellar Primary School
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Plans for a new primary school in Kinellar have taken another step forward as councillors approve the next stage of their development.

Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy & Resources Committee today agreed that the new school, which will accommodate 450 primary and 40 nursery pupils, will be built on the site of the current one, which is to be demolished.

Pupils will be bused to Midmill Primary School in Kintore, which is due to open in early 2017, to be taught while the new Kinellar Primary is being built.

The project also includes a new multi-use games area, a life skills room and sensory room for pupils with additional support needs, a new community play park and car parking.

A planning application can now be submitted with community consultation ongoing.

Chair of the committee and council Co-Leader, Cllr Martin Kitts-Hayes, said: “The new primary school in Kinellar is part of the council’s drive to make sure every school community in Aberdeenshire can benefit from modern and exciting facilities fit for the 21st century.

“We’re all pleased to see the plans progressing and would like to thank such active engagement by council officers with the local community, who are very supportive of this project.”

Vice-chair and council Co-Leader, Cllr Richard Thomson, said: “This is another key milestone in our investment in the school estate and officers’ work to respond to all the points that have been raised by the community has been exemplary.”

Chair of the council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Cllr Alison Evison, said: “The feedback we’ve received from residents in the Kinellar area on the new school has been very positive and I’m pleased to see that it will remain at the heart of the local community.”

Kemnay Academy will soon sport a new all-weather pitch, allowing the school to introduce sports that currently cannot be played, such as hockey, into the curriculum and for outdoor PE lessons to take place all year round.

There is not a full-sized 3G pitch in the Kemnay area and the new addition will serve not only school pupils but local sports teams and community.