Aberdeenshire Council have been refused consent to close Crimond Primary School Dyslexia Unit due failings in their consultation process.
The School Closure Review Panel, a new statutory body, independent f Government, has concluded that the council failed to comply with requirements of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010.
Lesley Ward, the Review Panel Chair, said: “The panel have concluded that Aberdeenshire Council have failed in a significant regard to comply with the requirements imposed on it in terms of that Act.”
She added: “The School Closure Review Panel refuses consent to Aberdeenshire Council’s proposal in respect of the closure of Crimond School Dyslexia Unit.”
The Review Panel’s decision now means that process will be handed back to Aberdeenshire Council to try and meet the standards needed for the consultation process.
Maria Walker, Director of Education and Children’s Services, said: “Almost all learners with dyslexia are supported in their local mainstream schools and we wanted to develop best practice across Aberdeenshire.
“While we are disappointed that the proposals have been rejected, it is clear from the panel’s findings that our processes need to improve.
She added: “The panel’s observation that ‘a fresh submission by Aberdeenshire Council may meet the requirement set out in the Act’ is noted.
“We will now take time to review the full detail of the panel’s decision, and consider our next steps.”