Aberdeen tops Scotland list for school exclusions

Manor Park School.

More pupils have been excluded from schools in the Granite City than from any other area of Scotland over the past year.

New Scottish Government figures have highlighted that an average of nearly one in 20 pupils in Aberdeen were excluded during 2016-17.

This was more than twice as many youngsters in Aberdeenshire during the same period.

However, the city council has responded that it is taking active measures to reduce the numbers in the future.

Manor Park School topped the list for temporary exclusions among Scottish primary schools, while Harlaw Academy came second in the standings at secondary level.

The findings differed starkly across parts of the North-east of the country, with Aberdeen recording a figure of 47.6 exclusions per 1,000 pupils.

This fell to 23.8 in Aberdeenshire and increased to 33.1 in Moray.

An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “Our schools treat each individual case on its own merits.”