At full council on Thursday 14 June, Angus Council will hear the recommendation (Report 189/18) to expand the scope of the Monifieth Options Appraisal to include the option to work in partnership with Perth and Kinross and Dundee City Councils to create a joint integrated community campus serving the south Angus area.
Members will be asked to consider the addition following a material change of circumstances since the Council approved Report 130/18. This change now make it more feasible for Angus Council to explore a shared project with neighbouring councils, Dundee City and Perth and Kinross Councils, to build and run a new joint school in the south Angus, Dundee, eastern Perthshire area.
Speaking ahead of committee, Children and Learning Vice-Convenor Councillor Derek Wann said: “I welcome the news that Perth and Kinross Council have expressed an appetite to explore working in partnership with us and Dundee City Council to build and run a new joint school in south Angus, Dundee and eastern Perthshire.
“With Perth and Kinross Council currently setting their Capital Budget in addition to planning the next stage of their school estate review strategy, this now gives us viable options to seriously consider a new community campus, along with Dundee City Council, that we were not able to explore previously.
“While we are at early stages of our discussions with our neighbouring councils, if the Council agrees the extension, the next step is to start a conversation with the communities affected and I will be urging as many people as possible get involved and share their views.”
If approved, the outcome of the Monifieth Options Appraisal will be brought to the Children and Learning Committee and Special Council as soon as feasible.
Report 130/18 details that at present there are approximately 300 children and young people travelling from the Birkhill area to Monifieth High School but advised that a secondary school of 300 pupils would not be large enough to deliver a full curriculum through broad general education to the senior phase. A larger shared campus with neighbouring authorities would be required to achieve the desired curriculum breadth and depth.
Report 130/18 therefore recommended that the option to create an Angus all-through school in the Birkhill area to incorporate Auchterhouse, Birkhill, Liff and Strathmartine Primary Schools should not be considered as part of the Monifieth Cluster Schools Options Appraisal as it was not a shared priority of all three local councils.
Background on Angus Schools for the Future project
Angus Schools for the Future is the most ambitious plan we’ve ever had for the development of our school estate.
We want schools that are great places to learn and well-used community spaces. We need suitable, sustainable, connected and accessible buildings with good outdoor spaces for learning, sport and play.