Aberdeenshire Council’s decision to close Crimond Primary School Dyslexia Unit has been referred to the School Closure Review Panels by Scottish Ministers.
The School Closure Review Panels is a new statutory body, independent of Government, which has been created to enhance and strengthen the process of local authority school closures in Scotland.
This will be the second school closure decision which has been “called in” for review by the Panels since the commencement of the Panels statutory responsibilities on 30 March.
The Panels took over the responsibility from the Scottish Ministers of reviewing and determining certain local authority school closure decisions.
If the Scottish Ministers decide to call in such a local authority decision, they then refer the decision to the Convener of the Panels.
The Panel will review the school closure decision by considering whether Aberdeenshire Council has failed significantly to comply with the requirements of the the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 and whether it has failed to take proper account of a material consideration relevant to the decision.
The Panel has a duty to take a decision within eight weeks from the date on which it was constituted, so the decision on Crimond School Dyslexia Unit will be made on or before December 16, however if an extension period is required, it would mean that the Council will receive the Panels decision no later than February 10, 2016.