Council tackles rising rolls head-on

The City of Edinburgh Council is proactively preparing for the predicted rise in school rolls over the coming years.

Planning applications have been submitted for four Edinburgh Primary Schools to build permanent extensions next summer, with the potential to further extend these buildings if and when the need arises.

Councillor Paul Godzik, Education, Children and Families Convener said, "We are tackling this problem head on and making space available at the schools where demand for space is high as parents want to send their children there.  We've decided on this approach as it offers the best solution in terms of meeting parent demand, school management and keeping costs at a reasonable level."

"We've been working with the schools involved to establish the best for each school and we will continue to engage with them, parents and the wider community through the consultation process and on into the summer when building will take place."

The number of children being registered to attend primary school in Edinburgh is predicted to rise by as much as 20 per cent by 2019.  The four schools affected are, Trinity Primary, Wardie Primary, Granton Primary and Victoria Primary.

Jacqueline Scott, Head Teacher at Trinity Primary said, "It's clear we need to respond to the increase in registrations and by using an innovative approach like this we are causing the minimum amount of disruption to the school.  It also allows us to take into account any further increases and respond to this accordingly.  We loo forward to unveiling the new classrooms next year."

The four planning applications are available online for comment at the Council's planning portal.  More information will be provided to parents of each of the schools in the coming weeks.

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