At the meeting of the Education Committee last night (Thursday 5 September) the Council agreed to hold statutory consultations on the secondary transfer arrangements for children who live in the catchment areas of Craighead and Lennoxtown Primary Schools.
The Council is proposing that:
- children, who live in the catchment area of Craighead Primary in Milton of Campsie should be zoned to Kirkintilloch High School as a non-denominational secondary school within East Dunbartonshire; this would be in addition to the current options of Kilsyth Academy, in North Lanarkshire and St Ninian’s High School in East Dunbartonshire.
- children, who live in the catchment area of Lennoxtown Primary in Lennoxtown should be zoned to Lenzie Academy as a non-denominational secondary school within East Dunbartonshire; this would be in addition to the current options of Kilsyth Academy, in North Lanarkshire and St Ninian’s High School in East Dunbartonshire.
An informal consultation process was launched in May to seek the views of the school communities and feedback showed a significant demand for both primary schools to be zoned to a non-denominational secondary school in East Dunbartonshire, in addition to St Ninian’s High School in East Dunbartonshire and Kilsyth Academy in North Lanarkshire.
Any change to the catchment area of a school or a proposed change to the admissions arrangements requires the Council to carry out a formal statutory consultation as detailed in the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010. This involves consultation with a range of stakeholders including parents and pupils of all the schools affected.
Joint Council Leader, Councillor Andrew Polson said, “Both formal consultations will take place from Monday 9 September to Wednesday 30 October and will include public meetings.
"They will follow the Scottish Government prescribed statutory consultation process which will include Education Scotland carrying out an independent review and providing a report on the proposals. The Council will respond to the feedback we receive through the consultation process and produce a report on the proposals."
The next step is for the Council to publish consultation reports and allow a period of three weeks to elapse before it makes a final decision on them.
Cllr Polson added, “I would urge the communities of all the affected schools to have their say on the formal proposals by completing the relevant consultation by Wednesday 30 October.”
Details of the public meetings are as follows:
- Craighead PS consultation on 1 October 2019, 6.30pm to 8pm in Kirkintilloch High School
- Lennoxtown PS consultation on 24 September 2019, 6.30pm to 8pm in Lenzie Academy
From Monday 9 September the statutory consultation can be completed online:
Hard copies of the consultation will be available from the Hubs and the school offices of Lennoxtown Primary, Craighead Primary, St. Ninian’s High School, Lenzie Academy and Kirkintilloch High School from Monday, 9 September 2019.
Hard copies can also be obtained by contacting the Council on 0300 123 4510 or firstname.lastname@example.org