Moray’s £300m Learning Estate Strategy approved by Council
The new long-term approach to the learning estate in Moray has been approved by councillors following consultation with parents.
The strategy provides for individual solutions to be developed to meet the needs of different areas in Moray, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. This could range from building new facilities to overhauling existing schools.
The principles underpinning any options that could be progressed in each community were agreed by parents, Head Teachers and community representatives ahead of gaining approval by full council.
Coming out on top is the desire to ensure inclusive, accessible facilities to support the wellbeing of pupils and staff, buildings that are managed in the best way possible, alongside equipping our schools with the appropriate digital technology.
Engagement with communities on looking ahead to more specific options for their area can now begin in the new year, which leader of Moray Council, Cllr Graham Leadbitter, says is a ‘positive step forward’.
“Now we know the principles our communities want to see underpin any development we can take an extremely positive step forward with our school estate in the new year.
“We’ll explore options that utilise schools to make best use of the space, capacity and developing technologies as well as future proof our learning estate for generations to come.”
Children and Young People’s Services Chair, Cllr Sonya Warren, added: “This isn’t a quick project, we’re investing in the long-term educational interests of Moray and ultimately creating top learning environments for pupils and staff to develop in.
“Our communities will have the opportunity to input to these developments and I look forward to seeing the progression in early 2021.”