Cordyce School Proposals 2017

Closed 13 Oct 2017

Opened 30 Aug 2017

Results Updated 30 Jan 2018

On 25 January 2018, Aberdeen City Council's Education and Children's Services Committee approved a proposal to permanently close Cordyce School in Aberdeen, after considering the outcomes of a public consultation on the matter which ran from 30 August to 13 October 2017.


Under the requirements of Section 15(2A) of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010, Aberdeen City Council has notified Scottish Ministers of this decision, and there is now a three week period during which stakeholders and members of the public can make representations to Scottish Ministers regarding the planned closure of the school. This representation period will end on Wednesday 14 February 2018.


Representations should be submitted by email to:, or by post to: The Scottish Government, School Infrastructure Unit, 2A (South), Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ, before midnight on 14 February 2018.


Scottish Ministers will consider any representations made to them within this period in order to help determine whether the Council's decision on the closure of Cordyce School should be called in for further scrutinisation.


Copies of the Council's original proposal document and final consultation report on the proposed closure of the school can be downloaded from this page.


Further information on the Scottish Government's procedures for considering school closure proposals can be found at:




This Proposal Document seeks comment on the proposal to close Cordyce School in Aberdeen, following the adoption of an alternative provision for supporting secondary aged children with emotional and behavioural support needs.

Cordyce School in Aberdeen was established to provide secondary education for pupils with additional support needs arising from social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Children have previously attended the school from all parts of Aberdeen City.

The Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc Act 2000 introduced the presumption of mainstreaming, which requires local authorities to start with the assumption that all children and young people should access learning within their local school, alongside their peers, rather than necessarily attending a separate school specifically for children with additional support needs.  

In bringing about this transformation, Aberdeen City Council has worked with its third sector partners to support the development of bespoke pathways for young people, focused on the needs of individuals and consisting of a range of interventions and opportunities to promote learning and well-being. In light of this, there has been a gradual reduction in the pupil roll at Cordyce school, and an increase in the number of children and young people whose needs have been met within mainstream schools.

It is anticipated that this work will continue and that there will no longer be any young people placed within Cordyce School. Since August 2017, there have been no pupils enrolled at the school.

Given the changes described above and the introduction of this new approach to supporting young people’s development, it is proposed that Cordyce School is permanently closed, with effect from 1 April 2018.


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