Council in £100 million plan to build four new schools in Aberdeen

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Aberdeen City Council is set to table proposals for four new schools in the city, in a plan worth £100 million.

The council’s ruling coalition is to bring forward plans for a number of new schools to its city growth and resources committee on September 18.

The report to be put before the committee is to include schools in the Millitimber, Tillydrone, Torry and Countesswells areas of the city.

It will see one of the largest capital investments in Aberdeen’s school estate.

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The plans would see new primary schools in the local authority’s regeneration areas.

Conservative co-leader Councillor Douglas Lumsden said investment and long-term planning was “critical” for education.

He said: “Delivering high-quality education requires not only excellent staff but an environment that staff and pupils are proud of.

“As an administration, investment and long-term planning for our school’s estate is critical and we recognise the importance of ensuring adequate provision in the long-term.

“We owe it to the children of Aberdeen to continually invest in their education.”

Fellow council co-leader Councillor Jenny Laing of Aberdeen Labour said she was “confident” the investment would help the council achieve goals relating to attainment and children’s health and wellbeing.

She said: “Education remains a top priority for this administr tion and that is why we are bringing forward plans for a further four new schools.

“This additional £100m of investment will compliment the investment we have already made in the four schools which have been delivered over the last five years. As an administration, we are committed to improving attainment, closing the poverty related gap between the most and least disadvantaged children and improving children’s health and wellbeing.

“We are confident that building two new primary schools in our regeneration areas of Tillydrone and Torry along with schools in Milltimber and Counteswells will help us achieve those aims.”

Capital programme committee convener Councillor Marie Boulton said: “We recognise the investment needed in our schools, Millitimber, being a prime example of a school much loved by the community that’s in need of investment to ensure we have a school in the community for the future.

“I’m proud this administration is taking forward concrete plans and I hope it will be welcomed by all parties.”