Opening of new Portlethen school delayed

The new Hillside School in Portlethen.

The new Hillside School in Portlethen.

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The opening of a new primary school which was scheduled to open in Portlethen at the end of this month has been delayed.

The town’s long-awaited third primary school, Hillside School, was due to open to pupils on March 27, but the local authority have said it now won’t open until after the Easter holidays, on April 18.

Parents and carers in Portlethen have campaigned for years for a new school, and currently the children who are due to start at Hillside Primary School are sharing the premises of Portlethen Primary. A letter went out at the end of last week advising them of the delay, and offering to help parents who will need extra childcare de to the delay.

Co-Leader of Aberdeenshire Council and local councillor Alison Evison said in a statement: “The school is due to be ready the first week in April, but due to that being the school holidays, the children won’t now be moving across until the 18 April.

“I know that this will be really disappointing to all the children who were counting sleeps until starting lessons in the new building”.

A planned visit to the new premises for children will still go ahead this week.

Cllr Evison continued: “We have all waited a long time for the school to be built.

“It is however really important to get all the safety checks completed to ensure that the school is safe for everyone who will be working or learning in the building. The safety of school buildings has been in the news a lot recently, and everything must be done right.

“The Education Service has committed to supporting parents with childcare if that is needed due to this delay. Parents and careers should not have extra difficulties with child care due to this slight delay - they should indeed contact the service with any issues.

“And, amongst all this, many many thanks to all the staff who are working so hard to make the transition smooth for the children and families - included in that are the staff in all the local primaries. They have all helped in the work towards the new school”.