Site being sought for new Toon Academy

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Aberdeenshire Council Officers have been asked to find a site for a new Peterhead Academy as part of the plan to regenerate the town.

The findings of the officers would then be presented as part of a plan to try and bring a new academy to the town.

Councillor Stuart Pratt, Chair of Buchan Area Committee, said: “We’re in the very early stages and officers have been tasked with finding a site.”

A new academy has long been sought in Peterhead and would bring it into line with the new academy at Ellon and the green-lit centre at Inverurie.

Craig Clement ,Head of Resources and Performance in Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Service, said: “Officers have been tasked with a review of the learning estate in Peterhead, with a particular focus on Peterhead Academy being at the heart of local regeneration efforts.

“This work will help inform councillors in making a decision on the potential for the inclusion of the project in the council’s Capital Plan.

He added: “This is currently being prepared and will be reported to councillors in due course.”

Last month Aberdeenshire Council co-leaders Martin Kitts-Hayes and Richard Thomson visited Peterhead to pledge their support towards the regeneration of the town.

She said then: “One thing that could come out is that we need a new academy - there currently aren’t any plans for one but if that’s what is needed then we will do what we can to make that happen.”