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Plans for new Aberdeen school set to proceed

Plans for a new secondary school in Aberdeen to replace Torry Academy and Kincorth Academy are set to proceed.

It follows the Scottish government's decision not to call in the closure plans for further investigation.

Aberdeen City Council's proposal is to build a new replacement £30m school on the Bobby Calder Park site.

The council's education, culture and sport convener Jenny Laing said: "We need a school that is fit for purpose in the 21st century."

'No such evidence'

The aim is for the new school - for up to 1,450 pupils - to open in the school session 2016-17.

A Scottish government spokesman confirmed: "Local authorities are responsible for decisions on the school estate within their area and Scottish ministers may only call in a school closure decision for investigation if there is evidence to suggest a failing of an authority's statutory obligations.

"In respect of this decision no such evidence was found.

"Ministers are grateful to those who made representations on the issue and have sought assurances from the council that there will be further engagement with interested parties to work through the concerns that have been raised."

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