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Approval recommended for school catchment changes

Press Release   •   Feb 20, 2017 11:28 GMT

A series of minor amendments to the catchment areas of a number of schools in and around Elgin are being recommended for approval by education officers.

It follows a period of public consultation on the rezoning proposals affecting Bishopmill, Seafield, West End, Linkwood and Lhanbryde primary schools as well as Elgin Academy, Elgin High and Milne’s High.

Moray Council’s children and young people’s services committee approved the consultation exercise after being told the proposals would have the effect of ‘tidying up’ the school catchment areas.

A survey carried out as part of the consultation generated 24 responses, a significant majority of which were in agreement with the rezoning proposals.

Education Scotland also said the proposals were of ‘clear educational benefit’ and would help the council to meet its aim of ensuring that the whole of a primary school catchment area would be contained within the catchment area of a single secondary school.

The proposals will go before the full meeting of Moray Council on March 29 for final approval, with a view to their implementation at the start of the next academic year in August.

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 95,510 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.

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