We are seeking views on school estate provision

Published: Tuesday, 2nd February 2016

Our Executive Committee has today approved plans for a pre-consultation and review to be carried out on the school estate provision across Borders school communities.

School estate review planned

The plans were outlined at a meeting of the Executive today (Tuesday 2 February).

Members heard that the plans have been developed in line with our implementation of Curriculum for Excellence in all the region’s schools. This carries with it a commitment to ensuring that the school estate delivers maximum educational benefits for children and young people within the new curriculum.

The school estate review forms part of our Corporate Transformation Programme which aims to ensure change for improvement is delivered through ourselves and into the wider community.

Feedback wanted on school estate provision

A pre-consultation and information gathering exercise will be held on the current estate provision. This will give the opportunity for all our stakeholders to give their feedback, including:

  • parents
  • carers
  • pupils
  • staff
  • community councils
  • community groups

We will also seek their views as to what school estate provision should aspire to look like in the future.

Developing a strategy for school estate provision

All information gathered will be added to our own review. This will be used to develop a strategy and action plan for delivering a school estate that provides: 

  • increased educational opportunities and improved outcomes for children and young people
  • the means by which we can deliver across our range of statutory educational duties
  • sustainability
  • a future-proofed estate
  • affordability

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Executive Member for Education

“Our key priority is to ensure that attainment and achievement levels are improved for children and young people right across the Borders, both within and outwith the formal curriculum. In order to achieve that we must have a school estate that meets the needs of everyone who uses our facilities.

“This pre-consultation and review is vital in terms of providing us with the information we need to be able to make a full and thorough assessment of our current provision - what works, what doesn’t work, what needs improving. As outlined in the report, there are no fixed plans on the table at this stage and I would encourage anyone who makes use of school facilities to give us their views so we have the clearest possible picture of how local provision is viewed and utilised.”

School estate pre-consultation planned for March

The pre-consultation will be undertaken over a four week period in March. We will be writing to parents towards the end of February explaining the purpose of the review and inviting them to take part and submit their views. They will be able to do this either by attending a drop-in session to be arranged at their local high school or by completing a questionnaire which will be available both online and on paper.

It is planned to report the results of the pre-consultation to Council on 19 May. An update will also be provided on the next steps to be taken with a further report due to presented at Council in August.

More information

Details of the pre-consultation will be made available as soon as they are confirmed. Parents will be contacted directly by letter and details will also be publicised through:

The report presented to Executive on 2 February is available on our website.