Moray Council is inviting input into its learning estate strategy via a survey and information event at Forres Library focused on the Forres Associated School Group
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THE COMMUNITY is being invited to have a say in the future of education in the area at a local information event next week.
Representatives from Moray Council are at Forres Library today (Tuesday, October 24) until 8pm to answer questions and assist with a survey on a sustainable learning estate for the Forres Associated School Group (ASG).
An interactive dashboard assisting with completion of the survey can be accessed at http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_150750.html - it has seven sections and takes around 12 minutes to complete.
A learning estate spokesperson said: "Our strategy will see development of individual solutions that meet the varied needs of areas across Moray, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.
"Whilst there aren’t any specific proposals at this stage, we want your views to help us shape a sustainable learning estate. We value your input and want to gather the thoughts and experiences of as many different groups as we can.
"Please share this in your community."
This initial survey runs until November 30. Other ASG focused events will take place across the region over the next 18 months.
The Moray Learning Estate Strategy was approved in December 2020. Updated in 2022, it sets out "a vision of providing a sustainable education service aiming for excellence".
The basis of the strategy is the occupancy, suitability and condition of Moray's 45 primary schools and eight secondaries, including eight primaries and one secondary in the Forres ASG.
It is hoped to achieve a more efficient and fit-for-purpose school estate.
There is an identified need to create more capacity in Forres. Decisions will also be based on school roll; growth rates; school condition; and school suitability.
Full condition surveys are being carried out over the next 12-18 months to identify major upgrade works and prioritise projects. Lifetime maintenance plans will be developed for all schools to ensure they are maintained at a minimum 'B' standard for condition and suitability.
Moray Council leader Kathleen Robertson (Conservative, Forres) is chairwoman of the Education, Children’s Services and Leisure Committee.
She said: “All young people deserve to be educated in buildings which offer them the best educational opportunities. Input from our community is vital in helping to shape our future schools.
"I would encourage everyone to get involved with the online engagement. All feedback and opinions are valued."