Consultation set to begin over Ardallie School future

Ardallie School.
Ardallie School.

The future of a small Aberdeenshire school is in doubt.

Ardallie Primary, near Ellon, has seen pupil numbers dwindle in recent years and currently it has none.

Education bosses are poised to begin moves to have the school formally closed and the network rezoned.

On Thursday, the education, learning and leisure committee will be asked to approve the start of consultation over Ardallie’s future.

The proposals will also be discussed in due course by Formartine and Buchan area councillors.

At the start of last year’s school session the roll at Ardallie, which is in the Ellon Academy catchment area, had fallen to two pupils, who were later relocated.

Since September, 2012, there have been no pupils attending the school.

As part of the process, officials intend to have discussions with the local community.

Council solicitors will be asked to check the building’s title deeds to establish if there are any ownership restrictions.

The committee will hear there is one part-time member of staff still connected to the school.

A report by education director Maria Walker says there are currently “minimal” costs involved in the running of Ardallie, relating to heating and lighting and the employee’s salary.

During 2011-12 education officers held several meetings with parents and staff who were concerned at the school’s falling roll.