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17/01/2020

Perth Councillors To Consider Development Options For School Estate

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A number of options have been outlined for the development of the school estate in the north and west of Perth.

The report will be put to councillors at the next meeting of Perth & Kinross Council's Lifelong Learning Committee on Wednesday 22 January.

This was created to establish the viability of adjustments to existing local primary schools' catchments, as well as discovering 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.

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A proposal for a new primary school at Bertha Park will be outlined as the most effective option, with councillors being asked to approve the plans. 
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."

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