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Proposed merger of Bellfield Primary School and Kirkstyle Primary School consultation


It is proposed to create a new primary school for pupils attending Bellfield and Kirkstyle Primary Schools, to be opened in August 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

It is also proposed to rezone the catchment area of the proposed new primary school to that of Kilmarnock Academy and to rezone Hillhead Primary to the catchment area of Grange Academy.

For more detailed information please download the Proposal document.

Notes on proposal document

Please note that Appendix 8A of the proposal document has been amended with changes being made to the financial scoring.

The Council has been conducting a consultation mainly in relation to the proposal to merge Bellfield and Kirkstyle Primary Schools, but which also proposes that children attending Hillhead Primary School should at a point in the future transfer to Grange Academy rather than Kilmarnock Academy as at present. For clarity, there is no proposal to change the current catchment area of Hillhead Primary School, neither is there any proposal to change the catchment area of Kilmaurs Primary School. Children’s right to attend either of these schools is therefore also unchanged by this proposal.

It has been pointed out that paragraph 4.2a of the proposal document in giving a general description of the Hillhead catchment area does not specifically identify that some houses in Cardhu Gardens are within the catchment area of Kilmaurs Primary School. The Council does recognise that part of Cardhu Gardens does lie within the Kilmaurs catchment area, and there is no proposal to change this position in this document. For that reason, having considered the matter, and concluded that this is not a material issue given the purpose of the proposal document, there is no requirement to either amend the proposal document nor extend the consultation period. Comments on this issue received as part of the consultation process will be considered in the final report that will go to Cabinet.


The consultation process starts on Friday 14 February 2014 and closes on Friday 28 March 2014.

How to comment

Interested parties are invited to respond to the consultation by making written or electronic submissions on the proposal to the:

Executive Director of Educational & Social Services
East Ayrshire Council
Council Headquarters
London Road
Kilmarnock, KA3 7BU

Contact Information


Education Service
Council Headquarters
London Road
Telephone: 01563 576140
Parental Enquiries: 07392 864105