The City of Edinburgh Council’s Education, Children and Families Committee have voted in favour of Option One, meaning their will be no school relocations or closures as part of the Edinburgh South West School Review.
Councillors made the decision at a meeting on Thursday 21 June 2018 and the proposal will now go out to statutory consultation which is expected to start later in the year.
The option which was heavily campaigned for by the Save Our School action group made up of residents from Wester Hailes, Currie, Juniper Green and Baberton will mean that there will be no changes to the catchment area of Wester Hailes Education Centre or its feeder primary schools: Canal View, Clovenstone or Sighthill primary schools. Councillors also agreed to set up a working group to develop a long-term plan to maximise the educational and other opportunities for young people in the Wester Hailes area.
The full list of changes brought by Option One includes:
- No school relocations or closures.
- Establishing a catchment area for a new Maybury Primary School.
- In the south west of the city: minor changes to the catchment areas of Currie High School and Balerno High School and to the catchment areas of Currie, Nether Currie, Dean Park and Ratho primary schools.
- In the north west of the city: minor changes to the catchment areas of The Royal High School and Craigmount High School and to the catchment areas of Corstorphine, Hillwood and Cramond primary schools.
- No changes to the catchment area of Wester Hailes Education Centre or its feeder primary schools: Canal View, Clovenstone or Sighthill primary schools.
- No changes affecting Forrester High School, Woodlands School or Kirknewton Primary School.
- Development of a west Edinburgh spatial strategy as part of the new Local Development Plan to consider where any new secondary school(s) should go.
The Council will share further information on the next steps and the statutory consultation process with school communities after the school summer holidays.