Letters from the sign of a new £47 million secondary school have mysteriously gone missing – just days before the academy is due to open.
Lochside Academy in Nigg is set to open on Thursday and will see more than 1,000 pupils arrive for their first day of school.
The new academy will serve the Torry, Kincorth, Cove and Nigg catchment areas and replaces the recently closed Torry and Kincorth academies.
Parents and nearby residents noticed letters of the official school sign missing, spelling out “ohsde Acaem”.
Councillor Stephen Flynn, who represents the Kincorth, Nigg and Cove ward, said: “I’ve walked around the site on a number of occasions in recent days and was disappointed to note that the new sign is missing some letters.
“I’m not entirely sure whether they have simply fallen off, or if the sign has been damaged, but I have asked the council whether it can be sorted in time for the first day of term.”
It is understood the local authority does not know of anything which would point to why the letters have gone missing.
An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “We are aware of this and the signage will be completed by the start of the new term.”
The three-storey school could cater for up to 1,350 pupils.
Earlier in the week, Aberdeen City Council co-leaders Jenny Laing and Douglas Lumsden went on a tour of the new school along with educational operational delivery convener Councillor John Wheeler, and head teacher of the school, Neil Hendry.
Some of the newest features the school offers are a special industrial room which gives pupils the space to fix cars, and a recording room equipped with Apple computers and 800 new Chromebooks.
Pupils will also benefit from new facilities such as an incorporated dance studio, fitness suite, games hall, six-lane swimming pool, an adjacent garden and a 3G pitch.
Lochside will also be partnering with Robert Gordon University (RGU) in an initiative called ACCESS RGU, aimed at increasing the levels of pupils continuing to university.
Meanwhile, a group of Travellers moved in just yards from the school earlier, with a group of around 10 vehicles – including vans – and 10 caravans seen in the car park last Friday.
An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “Sheriff McLaughlin granted decree for eviction of the occupiers of the site adjacent to Lochside Academy yesterday afternoon.
“We await the extract decree which will allow us to instruct sheriff officers to remove the Travellers from the site.”