Cordyce School Proposals 2017

Closed 13 Oct 2017

Opened 30 Aug 2017

Results Updated 18 Jan 2018

The responses and the final report from the recent consultation regarding the proposed closure of Cordyce School can be found here.



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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