Plans for a new primary school in Kintore have been approved by Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure committee.
The existing primary school in Kintore was only opened in 2006 with a capacity for 415 pupils, but the increased growth of Kintore has resulted in a school roll of 622 at September last year, some 207 over capacity. Aberdeenshire Council have predicted that by 2017 the school roll may reach 688.
The construction of a new 540 capacity school in the Midmill area of Kintore would see a combined capacity of 955, which Aberdeenshire Council predict would be “sufficient for the foreseeable future”.
East Garioch Councillor Martin Ford, a member of the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, speaking at the meeting, said, “I strongly support the recommendation to proceed with the proposed second primary school for Kintore. Given the number of pupils at the current school and projected roll, there is really no alternative. Anyone connected with the present school will know how urgent it is that a second school is in place.”