West and south west schools review

  1. Initial proposals (selected)
  2. Have your say

Initial proposals

We are reviewing all schools in Edinburgh and are starting with those in the west and south west. This is due to the condition of some of the schools and is where we expect the largest increase in pupil numbers. We expect the population of west and south west Edinburgh to grow in the next few years and there is not enough space within the existing schools for the extra pupils.

Read on for the proposals and the reasons for these. 

Download files below for further information, including proposed and existing catchment areas.

Read proposals for specific schools

Catchment areas affected

  • Balerno High
  • Craigmount High
  • Currie High
  • Forrester High
  • The Royal High
  • Tynecastle High
  • Wester Hailes Education Centre (WHEC)

Pupil increase

By 2026 we could have an extra

  • 800 primary and 500 secondary pupils in west Edinburgh, where 4,000 new homes are proposed, including sites at Maybury and Cammo.
  • 125 primary and 77 secondary pupils in south west Edinburgh, where 700 new homes are proposed.

Developers have identified other housing sites in the west, so we must be prepared for future growth.

Condition of schools

A survey of our schools has shown that we must replace Currie High School’s building.

Balerno High School and WHEC also need improvement works.

Proposed building works

We are working with the affected communities on the proposal below before we carry out a formal consultation.

We propose to

  • build two new secondary schools - South West Edinburgh High School on a new site replacing Currie High School and Wester Hailes Education Centre (WHEC) and a new West Edinburgh High School
  • build a new primary school – Maybury Primary School
  • refurbish and expand Balerno High

Proposed catchment changes

Rather than go to Currie High, pupils from

  • Currie Primary would go to Balerno High
  • Nether Currie Primary catchment wouldgo to a new South West High
  • Juniper Green Primary would go to a new South West High.

Rather than go to WHEC, pupils from

  • Sighthill Primary would go to Forrester High
  • Canal View Primary would go to a new South West High
  • Clovenstone Primary catchment would go to a new South West High.

Rather than go to Craigmount High, pupils from

  • Hillwood Primary would go to a new West Edinburgh High
  • Roseburn Primary would go to Tynecastle High.

Pupils from

  • Ratho Primary would go to a new West Edinburgh High rather than Balerno High
  • new housing in the Cammo area of Cramond Primary and The Royal High catchments would go to Maybury Primary and a new West Edinburgh High
  • the west section of Corstorphine Primary and Craigmount High catchments would go to a new Maybury Primary and a new West Edinburgh High.

Other changes would make Currie Primary catchment area smaller by realigning sections with Dean Park Primary and Nether Currie Primary.

Kirkliston Primary is the subject of a separate consultation looking at secondary school options.

Use the map below to find your existing and proposed catchment areas.

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  • enter your postcode or street name and press enter or click the magnifying glass to search
  • select your address from the list of results
  • select the current and proposed schools from the list below.

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