New school plan to be unveiled

The new Inverurie Academy campus will be located on the current academy site
The new Inverurie Academy campus will be located on the current academy site

Aberdeenshire Council has announced it will unveil initial designs for new Inverurie school and sports facilities in early November.

Members of the public are invited to view and comment on the plans at a drop-in session to be held on Wednesday, November 9 in the Assembly Hall at Inverurie Academy from 10am to 9pm.

Representatives of Halliday Fraser Munro, the project architects, will be there to answer questions and note feedback, while officers from the council’s project team will be available from 2pm to 9pm.

The council has also announced plans to seek permission in December from members of the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee to begin a formal consultation on proposals to relocate St Andrews School to the new campus.

If agreed, the statutory consultation would run from early January until the end of February giving parents the opportunity to comment on the proposals in addition to the extensive informal engagement that has already taken place.

Director of Education & Children’s Services, Maria Walker, said: “The council has already committed £25 million as part of our capital plan to contribute towards the cost of the new campus and we have secured a further £24.8 million from the Scottish Government.

“There has already been substantial engagement with the Inverurie community on what the new campus could include, particularly with parents of pupils who attend St Andrews School and sports users.

“The drop-in will give even more people the chance to have their say on what the new campus could look like and I hope my excitement in the project will be shared by them.”

Head of Property, Allan Whyte, added: “A state-of-the-art secondary school would be built to replace the current Inverurie Academy, which will continue to be used until the new one is built. The former school would then be demolished to allow completion of the car parking, landscaping and external sports facilities.

“At the moment the campus will accommodate a range of wet and dry indoor sports facilities, including a games hall, dance studio, fitness suite, swimming pool and trainer pool.

“If St Andrews School is relocated to the campus, it will have its own distinct setting with a separate school entrance and classrooms, sensory rooms and therapy suites.

“Several outdoor play areas would be created, some which would only be accessible to St Andrews pupils and others which would be shared by both them and Inverurie Academy pupils.

“We’re continuing to adapt the plans based on the feedback we receive from staff, parents, sports users and the wider community.”