A RANGE of secondary schools across Aberdeenshire are forecast to be over capacity by 2019.
New figures released by Aberdeenshire Council show secondary schools including Peterhead, Westhill, Meldrum, Portlethen and Fraserburgh are all expected to exceed capacity levels.
As a result, a review is being carried out into pupil numbers at all secondary schools across Aberdeenshire. Members of the local authority’s education, learning and leisure committee are to be given an update of the schools estate on February 4.
Peterhead Academy is expected to be one of the worst hit, with it estimated to be over capacity by more than 450 pupils in 2019.
According to forecasts, 1,705 potential pupils are expected to be in the area by 2019, with space to accommodate only 1,233 of these pupils.
Fraserburgh Academy is also expected to be over its capacity by 345 pupils by 2019. The school can currently accommodate 1,095, but forecasts estimate 1,440 potential pupils will be present in the area.
The predicted school roll is also expected to put Portlethen Academy over capacity, with an estimated 940 pupils in the area but only room for 920.
Others which are expected to be over capacity include Turriff Academy and Meldrum Academy.
In contrast, Banff Academy is expected to be under its capacity by 354 pupils in 2019, while Banchory Academy is expected to be under capacity by 46 pupils.