Video and gallery: Council leaders praise new Aberdeen school

Council chiefs have hailed a new £13 million Aberdeen school as “fabulous” during a visit.

Aberdeen City Council co-leaders Jenny Laing and Douglas Lumsden were given a tour of Stoneywood Primary School, which opened its doors for the first time at the start of this term, by head teacher Gael Ross.

During her visit Councillor Laing said: “It’s wonderful to be here and see just how quickly their fabulous new school has been embraced by pupils and staff alike.

“I have seen for myself that the facilities here are absolutely superb and our investment, combined with the fine leadership of Gael, means that the pupils could not ask for a better start in education.”

Councillor Lumsden added: “We undertook this project following a consultation with local people.

“Coming along and seeing the enjoyment on the faces of the pupils tells me we were fully justified in our judgement.

“This is a fantastic place for children to learn.”

The single-storey building’s design is based on sustainability. It also features a large nursery, library and sensory room.

Outdoor learning has been a key focus, with a sensory garden and orchard sitting alongside the new 4G sports pitch.

Stoneywood is one of three new schools opened in Aberdeen in the last year, alongside Orchard Brae and Lochside Academy, under a £145m capital programme investment in education by Aberdeen City Council.

Head teacher Ms Ross said: “There has always been a huge sense of community in Stoneywood among pupils, staff and parents.

“Our fantastic new school has given us a new focus and an even greater sense of belonging and pride.

“I am so happy that, only one week into the new term, the pupils love their new surroundings already, while staff and parents are sharing a sense of excitement about the enhanced educational opportunities the new facilities offer us.”