New city primary school opens

Councillor Ian Yuill with staff and pupils of the new £16 million Milltimber Primary School.

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CONSTRUCTION of the £16 million Milltimber Primary School has been completed and today opened its doors to pupils and staff.

Robertson Construction started work at the replacement school within the Oldfold Farm development in the autumn 2020 – part of a £100 million investment by Aberdeen City Council in four new city schools.

Milltimber Primary School have increased capacity – for 434 pupils up from 267 – plus an additional 60 Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) places, ensuring that pupils in the growing catchment area can continue to attend their local primary school with other children from their community.

The state-of-the-art facilities offer enhanced outdoor play spaces and PE facilities to promote health, fitness and wellbeing, as well as improved opportunities for outdoor curricular learning and social interaction. 

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Ian Yuill said: “This is an exciting time for everyone involved and we are delighted to welcome the pupils on their first day in Milltimber Primary School.”

“Milltimber Primary School will serve the needs of the community for generations to come. It provides pupils and staff with modern facilities which not only enhance the learning experience, but also helps the Council provide the highest standard of education for our young people who are the future of our City Council.”

Aberdeen City Council Educational Vice Convener Councillor Jessica Mennie said: “The completion of the school marks the latest milestone in our expansion programme.”

“Having the very best facilities available is vital to our ambitious strategy around education delivery in Aberdeen – but the leadership team, staff and pupils are the most important part of the success.”

Milltimber, alongside three other new and replacement schools at Countesswells, Riverbank and Torry which are set to open in 2023, forms part of the Education New Build Programme which will contribute to the City Council’s Learning and Childcare expansion programme.

The school has already impressed school captains, primary seven pupils Calum Wood and Beth McIntosh.

Calum said: “The school is amazing, hi tech and fit for the future.”

Beth added: “It’s breathtaking and even better once inside.”

Lynsey Cradock, headteacher, said: “This facility will provide a wonderful learning environment for our pupils which will enable them to grow, achieve and succeed not only now but also in the future. With all our wonderful facilities, we can truly become the heart of the community.”

Kevin Dickson, Regional Managing Director, Robertson Construction, said: “Milltimber Primary School will be an excellent addition to the Council’s education portfolio. 

“We are continuing our strong working relationship with Aberdeen City Council which is seeing further improvements across the education estate. I am confident that the pupils and school user groups will be delighted with the quality and high specification that has been delivered.”

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