Plans for new Inverurie Academy move ahead

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Inverurie Academy could be replaced by a brand new school on the existing site after councillors backed plans for a replacement academy at the meeting of the Garioch Area Committee on Tuesday (February 24).

The committee had decided prior to the meeting to hear the Garioch Academy Assessment Study in public after it had originally intended to discuss the matter in private.

It was noted that the current academy’s capacity is 1,100 but the projected possible roll could rise above 1200 due to the increase in housing across the catchment area.

Planning Officers also recommended that a site be acquired in Kintore for the provision of a future academy in the town, which was also backed by the committee.

Commenting on the decision East Garioch Councillor Martin Ford said, “The current Inverurie Academy building is unsatisfactory and badly needs to be replaced. Also, splitting Kintore away from the Kemnay Academy catchment in the next few years, the consequence of progressing a new secondary school at Kintore first, would create two decidedly small academies, unless the Inverurie Academy catchment was also divided. So rebuilding Inverurie Academy before any new build at Kintore makes sense.”

Kemnay Academy, which currently includes pupils from Kintore, will remain.