Councillors have backed parents’ pleas for a new school in Aberdeenshire.
Dunnottar Primary School in Stonehaven, which has a roll of 197 pupils, was given a poor “C” grade in the council’s latest suitability report.
It was given low scores for functionality, safety and security and parents at the ageing Mearns school have since called for it to be replaced.
Aberdeenshire Council’s education committee met yesterday to discuss the idea at Woodhill House in Aberdeen.
Though no commitment was given to replacing the building, their concerns were noted.
Councillor Sarah Dickinson described herself as an “advocate” for a new school in the town.
She said:”The school stands out as the only primary school in Aberdeenshire with a C grade.
“What happens now?”
And councillor Allison Evison added that poor accessibility could be hampering pupils in getting the support they needed, while putting unwanted pressure on teachers.
Other schools with a “poor” rating in recent reports were Peterhead Academy and Banchory Academy.
However councillor Anne Simpson yesterday said that progress for schools in the region should be recognised.
She said: “97% of our schools are at A or B, that is good position to be in.
“I remember what some of these schools looked like 20 years ago.”