Education consultations

View details of current school consultations:

Merger of Dales Park and Meethill Schools

On 23rd September 2021 the council made the decision to permanently close both Dales Park and Meethill Schools on completion of the new primary school at Peterhead Community Campus in 2025. On 16th November 2021 the Scottish Government have confirmed that the decision on the merger of Dales Park and Meethill schools in Peterhead will not be called in. The design of the new Peterhead Community campus will now get underway, with the the campus to bring Peterhead Academy, Anna Ritchie School and a new primary with Dales Park and Meethill all to one location. 

The council proposed that education provision at the existing Dales Park and Meethill Schools should be discontinued with effect from July 2025. Existing and future pupils of Dales Park and Meethill Schools should continue their education within the new Peterhead Community Campus located at Kinmundy Road, Peterhead from August 2025. 

A statutory consultation period on the proposed merger of Dales Park and Meethill Schools was undertaken from 7th December 2020 until 26th February 2021. This covered the required minimum period of 30 days term time consultation. An online public meeting was held on 3rd February 2021.

Following the statutory consultation period, officers submitted the proposal document, survey results, written and oral representations, and other relevant documentation to Education Scotland for their consideration. Education Scotland produced a report addressing educational aspects of the proposal. 

Officers reviewed the proposal in the context of the Education Scotland report, survey results, oral and written representations and produced a final report on the consultation.

The consultation report will be presented at Buchan Area Committee on 22nd June 2021. Education and Children’s Services Committee will then consider the report to make a decision on the proposal on 26th August 2021.

To find out more about the proposal, view merger of Dales Park and Meethill Schools consultation documents.

Closure of Strachan School

On 29th April 2021 the council made the decision to permanently close Strachan School. Members of the public were asked to make representations to Scottish Ministers until 19th May 2021 if they wanted the decision to be reviewed. On 23rd June 2021 Scottish Ministers approved the decision to close the school and realign its catchment area to both Finzean and Banchory Primary Schools.

The council proposed to discontinue education at Strachan School which is currently mothballed and re-assign its catchment area to that of either Banchory Primary School and/or Finzean School.

The consultation ran from 7th January 2020 to 28th February 2020. A public meeting was held at Strachan Village Hall on 6th February 2020.

Following the statutory consultation period, the council submitted the consultation proposal, all responses and relevant documentation to Education Scotland for consideration and Education Scotland produced a report on the proposal addressing the educational aspects of the proposal.

Aberdeenshire Council’s report on the context of the Education Scotland report, responses to representations and officer recommendation on the proposal were submitted to Marr Area Committee in December 2020 then onto Educations and Children’s Services Committee in January 2021 for consideration and recommendation. Full Council has made the decision to permanently close Strachan School.

To find all documents and reports, view closure of Strachan School consultation documents.

Relocation of Anna Ritchie School

The council proposed that education provision at the existing Anna Ritchie School should be discontinued with effect from July 2025. Existing and future pupils of Anna Ritchie School should continue their education at the new Peterhead Community Campus located at Kinmundy Road, Peterhead from August 2025.

A statutory consultation on the proposed relocation of Anna Ritchie School was undertaken from 7th December 2020 until 26th February 2021. This covered the required minimum of 30 days term time consultation. A virtual public meeting was held on 20th January 2021.

Following the statutory consultation period, officers submitted the proposal document, survey results, written and oral representations, and other relevant documentation to Education Scotland for their consideration. Education Scotland produced a report addressing educational aspects of the proposal.

Officers reviewed the proposal in the context of the Education Scotland report, survey results, oral and written representations and produced a final report on the consultation.

The consultation report was considered at Buchan Area Committee on 22nd June 2021. At its meeting on 26th August 2021 Education and Children’s Services Committee agreed to adopt the proposal to relocate Anna Ritchie School to the Peterhead Community Campus.

To find out more about the proposal, view relocation of Anna Ritchie School consultation documents.