A police investigation is underway following a fire at a primary school at Kinellar Primary School, in the Fintray Road area of Blackburn.
The fire was reported at around 2:15am on January 1.
Sergeant Sandra Crighton, from the local Community Policing Team, said: “Enquiries are at an early stage and we are working jointly with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to establish the cause of the fire. The loss of such a key building within the local community is distressing for a number of people, in particular the pupils, parents and staff of the school.
“Until the ongoing examinations of the building and scene are completed, we are keeping an open mind as to the cause, but I would still appeal to anyone who was in the area around the time the fire was discovered, or earlier that night, to come forward.”
A spokesperson from Aberdeenshire Council said: “Part of the building serving Nursery and Primary 1 classes has been damaged. This will not affect teaching and the school will be made safe for re-opening on Wednesday 6 January. We thank the community for its support and further information will be issued directly to parents.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.