A £4.2 million commitment by Perth & Kinross Council to extend Harris Academy, so that pupils from Invergowrie Primary can continue to attend the Dundee secondary, is set to be discussed by the city council’s children and families services committee.
A recent capital funding decision by the Perth authority follows a consultation exercise in Dundee which looked at removing Invergowrie Primary School’s status as an associated primary to Harris Academy.
But now the Dundee committee is being recommended to move forward with Perth & Kinross Council financing the capital cost of extending Harris.
Children and families convener Councillor Stewart Hunter said: “Following a thorough consultation process, I am pleased that we have been able to work closely with Perth & Kinross Council, with their decision now coming forward to enable an extension to be built.
“This is a sensible way ahead that will allow Invergowrie Primary pupils to continue to attend Harris Academy.”
Meanwhile, approval is being recommended for revision of the catchment areas for Harris feeder schools from August 2022 at Ancrum Road, Blackness, Camperdown, Tayview and Victoria Park primaries. Consultation was carried out last year on these proposals.
Councillor Hunter added: “These changes are designed to align the catchment areas of these primaries much more closely with their current school communities following the construction of new schools over the last few years.”
The children and families services committee meets on Monday October 25.
Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.