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Formal Consultation on the proposal to establish a new Secondary School at Bertha Park, Perth

Perth and Kinross is one of the fastest growing areas of Scotland. This requires the provision of services in appropriate locations to meet the increasing needs of the expanding population, resulting in the requirement to invest in new infrastructure, including schools.

The Lifelong Learning Executive Sub-Committee on 6 February 2013 approved icon Report No 13/67 [607Kb] to accept funding from the Scottish Government's Schools for the Future (SfT) initiative for a new secondary school in Perth.

A projected rise in pupil numbers, combined with the findings of the Council's options appraisal, informed icon Report No 14/93 [1Mb] which was approved by Perth and Kinross Council on 7 May 2014.  The report proposed the establishment of a catchment area for the new secondary school at Bertha Park, Perth, and that a further report be submitted to the Committee in June 2014 proposing that Statutory Consultation is undertaken in relation to this.

As a result, icon Report No 14/298 [4Mb] presented a Proposal Paper to a Special Lifelong Learning Committee on 25 June 2014.  The Committee approved to commence formal consultation on the proposal to establish a new secondary school at Bertha Park, Perth, as well as associated proposals to establish a new catchment area for the school and transfer arrangements for primary pupils.  This was undertaken in line with the requirements of the School (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010.

The consultation period ran from Thursday 11 September 2014 until Wednesday 19 November 2014.

A icon Public Notice [33Kb] was placed in the local press.

Public Meetings

Eight public meetings were held to discuss the proposals and the icon Proposal Paper [728Kb].  The meetings were an opportunity for interested parties to:

  • Hear more about the proposals;
  • Ask questions about the proposals; and
  • Have their views recorded so that they could be taken into account as part of the consultation process.

Anyone wishing to attend was welcome to do so.  To ensure attendee numbers could be managed at each venue, places can be booked by phoning 01738 476218.

The public meetings were held as follows:

Date

Venue

Presentation

Minute of Meeting

Monday 22 September 2014

Bankfoot Church Centre, Bankfoot

icon Presentation [629Kb]

icon Bankfoot Minute [59Kb]

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Pitcairngreen Hall, Pitcairn

icon Presentation [629Kb]

icon Pitcairngreen Minute [39Kb]

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Methven Church Hall, Retinue Row, Methven

icon Presentation [629Kb]

icon Methven Minute [42Kb]

Thursday 25 September 2014

AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth, PH2 8EP

icon Presentation [629Kb]

icon AK Bell Library Minute [41Kb]

Monday 29 September 2014

Bridge of Earn Institute, Station Road, Bridge of Earn

icon Presentation [629Kb]

icon Bridge of Earn Minute [75Kb]

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Perth Grammar School, Gowans Terrace, Perth PH1 5AZ

icon Presentation [629Kb]

icon Perth Grammar Minute [45Kb]

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Perth High School, Oakbank Road, Perth, PH1 1HB

icon Presentation [629Kb]

icon Perth High Minute [37Kb]

Thursday 2 October 2014

Perth Academy, Murray Place, Perth, PH1 1NJ

icon Presentation [629Kb]

icon Perth Academy Minute [42Kb]

Publication of Consultation Report

The next stage of the consultation process was the publication of the report on the outcome and findings of the Statutory Consultation.  The icon consultation report [753Kb] was published from Wednesday 3 June 2015 until Wednesday 15 July 2015.  This allowed for more than the full three week review of the document prior to a final Lifelong Learning Committee decision, and complies with Section 9 (3) and Section 11 of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act  2010, as amended.

Update on New Secondary School Project

It was announced at the Lifelong Learning Committee on 26 August 2015 that a decision has been taken to re-phase the new secondary school project. The new school is now planned to open in August 2019. The decision to re-phase the project was taken due to a number of factors outwith the Council's control.

The feedback received during the consultation period remains valid and has been invaluable in influencing the final proposals. The Council is engaging directly with those parents who will now be directly affected by the change of date. One way the Council has done this is by holding meetings with those parents, the details of which are as follows:

Meeting

Date

Venue

Presentation

Parent/Carers of P6 Pupils

Wednesday 26 August 2015

Glenearn Community Campus, Perth

icon Presentation [188Kb]

Parent/Carers of P4/5 Pupils

Wednesday 26 August 2015

Glenearn Community Campus, Perth

icon Presentation [193Kb]

Parent/Carers of P4/5 Pupils

Monday 2 November 2015Perth Grammar Schoolicon Presentation [2Mb]

icon Public Notice [238Kb] was been placed in the local press.

The Council sought feedback on the revised icon Transition Arrangements [91Kb] and comments were to be submitted by Friday 9 October 2015.

The statutory consultation process was concluded with a final report which was approved by Lifelong Learning Committee on Wednesday 4 November 2015 (icon Report No 15/515 [182Kb]) refers.

Further information is available by contacting:

The Schools Consultations Team
Tel: 01738 476218
Email: ECSStatutoryConsultations@pkc.gov.uk (please indicate New Secondary School in the email subject header)

Contact details

The Schools Consultation Team

2 High Street, Perth, PH1 5PH
Tel 01738 476200