Construction of Drumoak new school gets underway

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Construction of the new Drumoak Primary School is now underway following months of planning as part of a council initiative.

The work began this month as the result of proposals for a new school, which have been years in the making.

The new school at Drumoak is part of an initiative by Aberdeenshire Council to expand academies in the area in order to solve the ongoing issue of overcrowding in schools.

The replacement primary is designed to accommodate 145 pupils, with 30 children in the pre-school nursery.

As well as six classrooms, the school is set to include sports facilities such as a double badminton court, sports hall with showers and changing accommodation.

There will also be a general purpose room, a library and a fully equipped kitchen for the preparation and cooking of school meals.

Office accommodation for the school management and admin support staff is to be located adjacent to a controlled entrance and all the classrooms have access to internal “break-out space” for supervised group activity and direct access to a hard landscaped external space for outdoor activities.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee, Isobel Davidson, welcomed the news that construction has begun.

She said: “A new primary school for Drumoak has been a high priority for this council and the education service for many years, and it’s great to see that construction is underway.”