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Green light for changes at three Highland primary schools

By Alasdair Fraser

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Changes at a trio of primary schools have been given the go-ahead by Highland Council officials.

Plans to build a nursery and servery building at Raigmore Primary, adjacent to the current nursery, have been approved after initial concerns raised by transport officers were ironed out.

It will create an additional 32 nursery spaces, on top of the 30 on the current roll.

A council spokeswoman said: “The purpose of the servery is to provide hot and cold meals for children attending the new and existing nursery blocks.”

Plans for alterations and an extension of Ardersier Primary featuring an office, toilet and storeroom have been given the nod, along with two modular classrooms. The school currently has 139 pupils and 23 nursery places, with the new classrooms offering a rise in capacity of another 60.

A similar proposal at Kirkhill Primary has also got the green light and may increase the school capacity from 160 to 220 pupils.

Meanwhile, plans for a new nursery building at Auldearn Primary are still under consideration.

The school currently accommodates 176 primary and 44 nursery pupils alongside 10 teachers. The proposed development will provide for the relocation of the nursery to a dedicated facility within the site, alongside an increase in nursery pupil numbers to 48 and up to two members of staff.

The vacated classroom in the school would be used by existing pupils and not increase the roll.

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