Councillors set to seal closure of Ardallie School

Ardallie School.
Ardallie School.
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The fate of a small Aberdeenshire school is set to be sealed this week.

Ardallie Primary has lain empty since its remaining two pupils left in 2012.

Over the last few weeks both Formartine and Buchan area committees and then the education, learning and leisure committee have given their input to the final phase of the closure plan, and today the council’s policy and resources committee is poised to formally approve the shutdown.

An extensive consultation took place over Ardallie’s future involving teachers, parents and pupils. At a public meeting the general feeling was that the school should close.

Officials are proposing that the catchment area should be divided between Arnage School, and Hatton (Cruden) School along the route of the A952.

Families living to the west of the route would be zoned for Arnage, while Hatton would be for those residing in the east.

The proposed closure date for Ardallie is Friday, July 4.

Education bosses began moves towards the end of last year to have the school, near Mintlaw, formally closed and the network rezoned.

A report to this week’s meeting says that pupils are already experiencing the educational benefit of attending alternative schools in the network, which has been selected through parental choice.

Scottish ministers can call in the decision, if they deem it necessary.