A group of community facilities in Bridge of Don has been criticised for failing to talk to each other about how to best provide services for the area.
The Oldmachar Learning Community, which is made up of schools, sport and community centres and an active church, has recently accessed by HM Inspectorate.
During their visit, inspectors found that although volunteers were individually committed, there was a lack of communication about how to channel that enthusiasm.
Inspector Phil Denning said better links with schools, parent councils, businesses and community groups were needed to create a local vision for learning.
He described the lack of direction as a “significant weakness”, and found that extra-curricular activities in the area were not well recognised.
Mr Denning said that, for example, Oldmachar Academy had minimal knowledge of what pupils achieve beyond the classroom.
However, he praised the school for helping pupils gain skills to secure employment in the oil and gas, care and hospitality sectors.
The inspectors also found that sports sessions and education for the over 60s, provided at the various venues within the area, were well attended.
Last night Councillor Angela Taylor, convener of Aberdeen City Council’s education and children’s services committee, said the report highlighted the delivery of community-based programmes and facilities in the area.
She added the criticisms will be taken on board to help the council develop new strategies to support local needs.
The inspectorate’s report said the Oldmachar Learning Community will now be monitored, and that another inspection will be carried out within a year.