COUNCILLORS in Moray will consider a review of the schools estate in the Buckie area.
Earlier this year a ‘Schools for the Future’ review was carried out by Moray Council officers, who audited the sustainability of primary and secondary schools in the Buckie Associated Schools Group (ASG).
It highlighted the unsustainability of four primary schools in the ASG, which are currently operating at less than 50 per cent capacity, as well as making recommendations for streamlining the school estate and making the best use of spare capacity in primary schools.
Today, members of Moray Council’s Children and Young People's Services committee agreed to consider a future review which chair, Councillor Tim Eagle, said would not focus on school closures.
“We’ve carried out Schools for the Future reviews in other ASGs, and Buckie is no different," he said.
"What we’re looking to do across Moray is secure best value for the council, and provide the best learning environment possible. We will continue to fully involve staff, pupils and parents in any discussions which may take place in the future.”
Councillors also agreed to consider a new-build for Buckie High School in the future, which could see a joint campus with a new-build Cluny Primary School, along with nursery provision and a community hub.
A report to the committee noted that “although the school [Buckie High School] has been well cared for it is not a school for the 21st century”.
Currently at 75 per cent, the number of pupils enrolled at Buckie High School is forecast to put the school at 94 per cent capacity by 2024.