Strachan School could face permanent closure

Strachan School could close for good and have its catchment area reassigned following a consultation exercise.

Thursday, 4th February 2021, 6:57 am
Updated Thursday, 4th February 2021, 7:18 am
Strachan school in Banchory

Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee (ECSC) considered the future of the Banchory school on Thursday, January 28. Following discussion members made a recommendation to Full Council that the school close and its catchment area be reassigned to create a dual zone between Banchory Primary School and Finzean School.

The dual zone will now give families the choice to enrol their children to either school. The zoned secondary school will remain as Banchory Academy.

Strachan School has been mothballed since July 2017. With no pupils being enrolled for yet another academic year in 2019, the council had been forced to temporarily close the facility. A statutory consultation into its permanent closure was approved by the Education and Children’s Services Committee in December 2019.

The consultation ran throughout January and February last year and included a public meeting that was held at Strachan Village Hall.

Commenting at the ECSC meeting councillor Martin Ford admitted he was not in favour of the closure initially but following the consultation he said it was “the realistic and pragmatic thing to agree”.

The ECSC recommendation will be considered and a final decision on the schools future will be made at a meeting of Full Council later in the spring.

Strachan School opened in 1877 serving a wide catchment area