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Large rise in predicted school places needed in Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire councillors are being warned of a large rise in the number of school places needed over the next decade.

A report suggests school rolls in the area could go up by more than 4,000 during that period.

Primary schools are expected to see the most demand for places, with numbers predicted to go up by more than 18%.

In secondary schools it could be just over 4%. Aberdeenshire Council said the situation was "significant".

'Financial implications'

It is claimed that in Inverurie there could be a rise of more than 66% in the number of children looking for a place in schools in the area.

Councillors on the education, learning and leisure committee will next week hear there are likely to be financial implications arising from changes in the school rolls.

This would be both in terms of additional accommodation requirements for those schools which are expected to be over capacity, and the cost of additional teachers, the report said.

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