New Ellon school set for final go-ahead

On the move: The current Ellon academy is set to close its doors in 2015, to be replaced by a new community campus at Cromleybank.
On the move: The current Ellon academy is set to close its doors in 2015, to be replaced by a new community campus at Cromleybank.

THE final go-ahead could be given today (Thursday) for the new Ellon Academy.

Councillors on the education, learning and leisure committee will meet to consider the £46million replacement along with the planned new Mearns Academy at Laurencekirk.

Area planning committee members have already backed the proposals which went out for statutory consultation in September of last year and have been recommended for approval.

The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) will provide about two thirds of the funding for the Ellon building.

The new 1,200 pupil school at Cromleybank will have more space with all teaching provided in purpose-built accommodation on a single site from August, 2015.

A report going before today’s committee meeting says: “On completion of the new academy it is anticipated that all staff based at the existing academy at that time will transfer to the new school, in line with their existing contract and HR policies and procedures.

“Funding for the new academy has been identified through the council’s capital plan and from the Scottish Futures Trust.

“If this proposal is not adopted, then this additional funding from the SFT would be compromised.”