Councillors will be asked next week to approve plans to relocate an additional needs school to a new £54 million community campus.
Aberdeenshire Council has proposed relocating St Andrew’s School in Inverurie to the town’s new community campus.
As part of the plans for the multi-million pound campus – which will be constructed on playing fields at the current academy site – the council is committed to creating a bespoke facility.
St Andrew’s would have separate classrooms, therapy suites, toilets and changing facilities.
Pupils will also have their own entrance to the building under the proposals.
Council officers have also said the move would both improve and increase on-site access to state-of-the-art leisure and sporting facilities, including a fitness suite, dance studio, sports hall, multi-use games area and accessible 25m six-lane swimming pool.
A report on the proposals, to be considered by councillors on Wednesday, said: “It is recognised that the proposal to co-locate a specialist and a mainstream will present both opportunity and challenge alike to both schools’ management and staff teams, and for parent and pupil bodies.
“However there is a commitment to collaborate to develop positive relationships and sense of mutual respect and responsibility within and across peer groups.
“Some St Andrew’s School parents identified concerns about the vulnerability of their children accessing a more mainstream environment, with particular reference to the attitude and behaviours of academy pupils.
“However, other parents identified possible approaches to address such concerns by initiating early engagement with and between pupils from St Andrew’s School and Inverurie Academy, to explore and develop a shared vision and strategy for inclusion and positive relationships.”
Officers have urged councillors to approve the move, saying the opportunities and educational benefits identified with the proposed relocation would “outweigh” any identified challenges or concerns.