Council considers proposals for Monifieth cluster schools

Published on Monday 16 April 2018

A wide range of improvement options for Monifieth High School and Monifieth cluster primary schools will be discussed by Angus Council this week (19 April).

The Monifieth Cluster Schools Options Appraisal report (130/18) will be heard at the Children & Learning Committee and a special meeting of Angus Council.

Members will be asked to consider a wide range of options including; a review of secondary catchment areas, a number of school refurbishments to improve capacity, an extension of Monifieth High School and Mattocks Primary School, an ‘all-through’ school incorporating Grange Primary School and the provision of community leisure facilities.

The options are part of the ambitious plans for the Angus Schools for the Future programme. The programme sets out projects for the short, medium and long term. Schools have been ranked, in accordance with the principles agreed by the council in September 2017, and a series of projects have been prioritised for the period 2018-47.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s council meetings, Children and Learning Convener Councillor Mark Salmond said: “Making sure we have schools that offer the best quality learning environment and makes the best use of the resources available, is at the heart of our Schools for the Future programme.

“If the council agrees the scope of this options appraisal, the next step is to start a conversation with the communities affected. I will be urging as many people as possible to tell us their views.

“It is vital that we get the views of parents, carers, children and young people, and the local community, to help Angus Council shape the future education provision in the Monifieth Cluster.”

A report will be submitted to a Special Council Meeting later this year outlining the public’s views and prioritising proposals to begin the statutory consultation process.

The proposed 30 year programme also includes a major review of all of the schools in Montrose, consideration of the creation of a single secondary school campus in Arbroath to replace the existing high school and academy and by 2023 reviews of a further ten primary schools.