Consultation on changes to catchment area for Gaelic Medium Education

The Education (Scotland) Act 2016 placed a duty on Local Authorities to promote and support Gaelic Medium Education (GME). Pupils wishing to access GME may reasonably expect to be able to access provision directly. At present, only pupils living within the Meadowburn Primary School catchment area may enrol directly in the Gaelic unit.

Pupils who wish to attend the Gaelic unit and who reside out with the catchment area are required to submit a placing request. As the unit is part of Meadowburn Primary School, these placing requests are considered alongside all other placing requests to the school. This means that some pupils may not be granted a place in the unit due to placing requests to the mainstream school, which may have a high priority in terms of the admissions policy.

The Council is proposing that the catchment area for pupils accessing Gaelic Medium Education (GME) only at Meadowburn Primary School is changed to include the whole of East Dunbartonshire. This will mean that pupils accessing GME, no matter where they live in East Dunbartonshire, will be able to enrol directly in the school, and will not need to submit a placing request.

The consultation will run from 1 November 2017 to 8 December 2017. 

For further information please see attached document, If you have any questions or comments regarding the proposal, please contact the primary school improvement team:

Telephone:  0300 123 4510
Email: primaryimprovement@eastdunbarton.gov.uk