Edinburgh schools review - Wester Hailes Education Centre (WHEC)

School Wester Hailes Education Centre (WHEC)
Proposal WHEC would close in August 2022 on completion of a new South West Edinburgh High.
The new South West Edinburgh High would be either on the Curriemuirend site that was formerly proposed for housing or on a greenfield site just north of Baberton - download maps in the link section below.

All WHEC and Currie High pupils would transfer to the new school.

Pupils from Nether Currie, Juniper Green, Canal View and Clovenstone Primary catchment areas would go to the new South West Edinburgh School.

Pupils from Sighthill Primary would go to Forrester High.
Who is affected Pupils currently in S2 to S6 at WHEC would not be affected.

Pupils currently in S1 at WHEC would move to the new South West Edinburgh High in 2022, when they will be at S6 stage.

Pupils currently in P3 or lower and living in the Clovenstone or Canal View Primary catchment areas would go to a new South West Edinburgh High when they reach S1.

Pupils currently in P4 to P7 and living in the Clovenstone or Canal View Primary catchment areas would continue to go to WHEC when they reach S1 and would move to South West Edinburgh High when it opens in 2022.

Pupils currently in P3 or lower and living in the Sighthill Primary catchment area would go to a new South West Edinburgh High when they reach S1.

Pupils currently in P4 to P7 and living in the Sighthill Primary catchment area would continue to go to WHEC when they reach S1 and would move to Forrest High or to South West Edinburgh High when it opens in 2022.
Reasons for the proposal The Currie High School building needs to be replaced due to its condition

The buildings at WHEC are in poor condition and need a lot of investment.

14% of WHEC’s catchment pupils already go to Currie High School, only 49% go to WHEC.

WHEC has a roll of 300 pupils and space for 750. The S1 intake at WHEC in August 2017 was 66 pupils. Projections suggest WHEC’s roll may be 366 by 2030. WHEC’s roll peaked at 576 in 1999 but has been in decline ever since.

WHEC has a small catchment area and combining Currie High and WHEC would provide a more diverse catchment area.
Links Download condition report for WHEC