Future of Castlebrae Community High School to be discussed

The future of Castlebrae Community High School is to be considered by the Council’s Education, Children and Families Committee at a meeting next month.

The number of pupils currently attending is only a third of the school's potential roll, with only 21 pupils joining at S1 last month.  The vast majority of parents in the area are already choosing to send their children to other schools with Castlebrae attracting only 31% of pupils within its catchment area. 

A report to the Education, Children and Families Committee will explain the current position at the school and the issues which currently exist and will seek approval to consult on an option to close the school at the end of the 2012/13 school year.  The possible closure of the school will be examined in more depth, but, if approved a full consultation process would be carried out.

Councillor Paul Godzik, Education Convener said, "We have a commitment to provide our children with the best possible start in life.  As things stand Castlebrae Community High School is not able to offer a full curriculum and is achieving very poor educational outcomes. Many local parents already choose to send their children to other schools, and for this reason officers are recommending to consult on the future of the school."

"We want all our young people to have the opportunities to learn, thrive and reach their full potential. It is our duty to make sure that every child gets the education and support that they need to do this.

"The discussions do not directly affect the Council's long-term aspiration to build a new high school in the area. We are still very much committed to this. Further regeneration will bring more new housing and more families for which a new, modern, fully functional school will be necessary once the pupil numbers in the area rise to a level that requires it."

All parents with children attending Castlebrae Community High School have been written to, to make them aware of the current position.  If approved, a full consultation process would start on 25 October.

The current roll at Castlebrae Community High School is the lowest in the city at 200 pupils.  Following expected trends in the city as a whole, the school roll is expected to decline further over the next few years dropping to a low of 158 pupils in 2015 (26 per cent of capacity).

The cost per pupil in 2012/13 is estimated at more than twice the city average.  It is expected to cost £10,418 per pupil compared with £4,757 for other schools.


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