A major milestone has been reached in the construction of a new £13million Aberdeen school.
Stoneywood School is expected to open by August next year, after the school holidays.
It is being built on the site of the former Bankhead Academy in Bucksburn, which was destroyed in a fire in 2012, and will have the capacity for 434 pupils and a nursery.
Yesterday city council co-leaders Jenny Laing and Douglas Lumsden, together with representatives from developers Morgan Sindall, unveiled a plaque as part of a “topping out” ceremony to mark the completion of the building’s structure.
It was also attended by the council’s education convener, John Wheeler.
He said: “This is a fantastic milestone for the new Stoneywood School which will be another amazing addition to capital investment in education across Aberdeen.
“This year alone we have seen the opening of £5million Greenbrae School extension and the ground-breaking Centre of Excellence at Orchard Brae and we also have the new Lochside Academy to look forward to as well.
“We’re delighted that pupils and staff at Stoneywood will have such a great facility to come to when the new school year begins in August”.
Funding for the school was allocated in the council’s five-year capital programme.
A public consultation found that the majority of nearby residents were in favour of having the new school built at the site.
Head Teacher Gael Ross said: “We are such a strong community at Stoneywood, pupils, staff and parents alike.
“It will be fantastic to further develop and enhance the learning opportunities of our school community within our new building and grounds.
“It is a very exciting time for us all.”