£63m state-of-the-art education makeover with new Academy

A £63 million plan to revolutionise education in Peterhead and build a new state-of-the-art Academy was unveiled to the public last night.

Wednesday, 23rd November 2016, 1:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 10:27 am

Two proposals were put forward to the community - one which would see the current Academy site restructured with new sports facilities built at Catto Park.

The second option would see a brand new campus, with school and sports facilities, built on the outskirts of town west of Clerkhill.

This option would also see the Academy demolished and replaced with a new nursery and primary school.

Last night was the opening of a public consultation that will determine the preferred option which will then be put to councillors sometime in the Spring of next year.

Whichever option is chosen the new school will be state-of-the-art and in line with the new Academy in Ellon.

It would include “innovative learning spaces” which would include not just traditional classrooms but different types of spaces which could be utilised to best suit the needs of pupils and the wider community.

Christine Henderson, Head Teacher at Central School, believed that looking to the future of teaching while planning the school was key.

She said: “ We don’t know what type of technology our children will be using in 20 years time so we want our classrooms to be adaptable.”

She added: “As well as formal classroom spaces we also need social spaces as children learn more when they are happy.”