Hopes for nursery at Aberlemno School to re-open

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Aberlemno Parent Council is inviting parents to apply for nursery places at their school, with a view to reopening their nursery. The school nursery closed in 2010 after numbers dropped below a sustainable level and since then the parent council have been working hard to reopen it.

Aberlemno sits on the dividing line between Brechin and Forfar secondary catchment areas.

Polly Milne, chair of the Parent Council, said: “We have a wonderful small school, in a beautiful rural setting, with a very real family atmosphere.”

She continued: “The only thing lacking now is some nursery aged children. We are asking parents with children aged three or four to please put in an application for the nursery. You don’t need to live within the catchment area either, though it helps, and some of our school children come from Forfar and Brechin.

The existing nursery has been inspected by the Care Inspectorate and steps for improvement will be addressed, but without applications for places from parents, the Parent Council is unable to prove that there is a demand for the nursery, despite their knowledge that there are people wanting to send their children to this school.

The parent council is also urging Angus Council to address the catchment area of the school.

“The catchment area for the school is simply too small to allow the school to develop and grow,” said Mrs Milne.

“Despite Whitehills Primary being stretched to the point of overcrowding, their catchment area stretches half way between Forfar and Aberlemno. Surely it would make more sense for those children living outside of Forfar to attend Aberlemno?”

If parents would like to apply to send their children to Aberlemno nursery, please contact the school on 01307 473680.