Review of schools estate in Buckie area

Councillors in Moray will consider a review of the schools estate in the Buckie area to ensure a high standard of education and facilities is available to pupils.

Earlier this year a ‘Schools for the Future’ review was carried out by Moray Council officers, who audited the sustainability of primary and secondary schools in the Buckie Associated Schools Group (ASG).

It highlighted the unsustainability of four primary schools in the ASG, which are currently operating at less than 50 per cent capacity, as well as making recommendations for streamlining the school estate and making the best use of spare capacity in primary schools.

Today, members of Moray Council’s Children and Young People's Services committee agreed to consider a future review which Chair, Councillor Tim Eagle, reassured would not focus on school closures, rather making sure all young people have access to quality education and facilities.

“We’ve carried out Schools for the Future reviews in other ASGs, and Buckie is no different. What we’re looking to do across Moray is secure best value for the council, and provide the best learning environment possible. We will continue to fully involve staff, pupils and parents in any discussions which may take place in the future.”

Councillors also agreed to consider a new-build for Buckie High School in the future, which could see a joint campus with a new-build Cluny Primary School, along with nursery provision and a community hub.

A report to the committee noted that “although the school [Buckie High School] has been well cared for it is not a school for the 21st century”, with condition of the school at B standard, suitability at C standard and safety and security rated at D standard.

Currently at 75% capacity, the number of pupils enrolled at Buckie High School is set to soar, with 94% capacity forecasted for 2024.