Councillors discuss future of schools

Burnhaven School
Burnhaven School

Buchan councillors have had their say on future Peterhead school roll forecasts and the rezoning of the local school network.

They discussed both matters at the Buchan Area Committee on Tuesday, September 16.

In a report to councillors, each school in the Buchan area was mentioned and some members voiced their concerns about the growing numbers at schools including Peterhead’s Burnhaven School which currently has over 100 per cent capacity.

It also mentioned other schools that have very little pupil numbers such as Longhaven Primary School.

Councillor Alan Buchan said his “bugbare” was the increasing numbers at Peterhead Central and Buchanhaven.

He added: “I have my concerns about these schools, they cover a small footprint but the pupil numbers continue to increase dramatically.

“If this carries on it will have a detrimental impact on the children and teachers.”

Committee members also discussed the potential rezoning of the Buchan school network, a move that will see Primary one pupils moved to different schools from 2015 to steady the number of children.

Councillor Buchan spoke on this issue too and said: “Clerkhill is bearing the brunt of an increase in population.

“I’m also concerned about Central as we are seeing more migrant workers with large families move in, can the school cope with over 300 kids?”

Fellow councillor Anne Allan voiced concerns that any future Primary one pupils could be separated from siblings already at a different school, but Rachael Goldring of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services told her this would not be the case.

A public meeting to discuss the rezoning proposals will be held at Peterhead Academy on Thursday, October 2 at 7pm and all those who may be affected are welcome to go along.