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Source: Scotland – City of Perth

A report to the next meeting of Perth & Kinross Council’s Lifelong Learning Committee on Wednesday 22 January 2020 outlines a number of options for development of the school estate in the north and north west parts of Perth, in light of major housing developments in this part of the city.

Following a request by the Committee in September 2019, the options appraisal being put before Councillors next week was carried out to establish:
– whether or not adjustments to existing local primary schools’ catchments could be made; and
– whether extending capacity at these schools would help ensure future pupils from the housing developments at Almond Valley, Bertha Park and Perth West could be accommodated there.

The four options considered have been assessed in terms of impact on pupils, the community, transport and travel arrangements, the environment and financial outlay. From this, elected members will hear that the most effective option is to build a new primary school at Bertha Park to accommodate pupils from these strategic housing sites, with its own defined catchment area.

As a result, the Committee will be asked to approve this proposal and also agree that options appraisals and informal pre-consultation with existing schools in the area takes place, with the findings brought back to a future meeting of the Committee.

Lifelong Learning Convener, Councillor Caroline Shiers said: “We want to ensure that our school estate can deliver the high-quality environment for learning and teaching that children, young people and staff need now and for the years ahead.

The significant challenges that we face in managing the school estate into the future mean we have to take a transformative approach, prioritising investment and making the most effective and efficient use of our infrastructure to deliver better outcomes for pupils. I welcome the work done by our officers in this options appraisal and the proposals for further consultation with communities regarding the recommended option here.”

MIL OSI United Kingdom