Campaign for co-education at Notre Dame High

The 2019 Notre Dame High Consultation

Glasgow City Council plan to consult this year on ending the single sex policy at Notre Dame High. All catchment children; girls and boys, would be able to attend their local high school together.

The date is yet to be announced, so watch this space….



Girls-only Notre Dame High is the only state funded single sex school in Scotland. It is the only Scottish council-run school that excludes catchment kids purely based on gender.

Notre Dame High has a long and varied history. It began life 120 years ago as a private school for girls.  Since then it has transferred into the state sector and opened its doors to all faiths and none.

We hope that Notre Dame High will soon be able to progress once more to enter a new and exciting chapter of inclusion and co-education.

Why Change?

There are many good reasons to end gender segregation at Notre Dame High.

It’s Good For Equality

The single sex policy disadvantages all children, girls and boys, who live in the catchment area:

-Girls have no right to co-education.

-Boys are excluded from their local catchment school.

-Siblings and classmates of different genders have no right to go to the same high school together.

Inclusion of all children, regardless of gender, will end discrimination and promote gender equality. 

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It’s Good For The Community

Less than 20% of the current roll of Notre Dame High live within the local catchment area. This is a school that does not support its local community.

Removing the single sex policy would allow all catchment kids into their local high school together. Notre Dame High would support its local community, meeting a key GIRFEC principal of inclusion and Glasgow City Council’s policy to encourage ‘local schools for local children’. 

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It’s Good For Attainment

Notre Dame High has a significantly below average intake of pupils from disadvantaged areas in comparison to other Glasgow schools.

A move to co-education with an expanded catchment area would allow more children from disadvantaged areas, regardless of gender, the opportunity to attend, helping to close the educational attainment gap.

Worldwide meta analysis of academic studies has shown no educational advantage to single sex schooling. However, the impact of primary to secondary transition has significant long-term effects.

If Notre Dame High accepts boys and girls, all catchment children will benefit from a supported transition to their local secondary school. Primary children will be allowed to transition with their peers from primary to secondary school together. This will have long term positive effects on educational attainment and well-being

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It’s Good For The Environment

Over 80% of Notre Dame High pupils currently live outside the catchment area and commute from across Glasgow and beyond. 

It has one of the lowest levels of children walking or cycling to school in Glasgow at less than 15%.

This creates a large volume of car traffic into and out of the area daily.

A co-educational Notre Dame High would have a more localised intake. This would reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, and increase rates of active travel. Children would be able to walk to school. 

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It’s Better Use Of Council Resources

Over the last decade, Notre Dame High has seen a steady decline in school roll. It is currently running well below capacity.

It is under-utilised by it’s local community yet sits in an area that has seen a dramatic rise in pupil numbers.

Co-educational schools in the area are full to capacity and refusing increasing numbers of placing requests.

More placing request refusals have led to a steep rise in appeals and court proceedings.  This is an unnecessary administrative and financial burden on the Council.

Additionally, local children excluded from Notre Dame High are transported, at Council expense, to alternative schools miles away from home.  

A co-educational Notre Dame High would quickly fill up and make better use of Council resources by

-making more efficient use of the GCC school estate.

-relieving pressure on neighbouring high schools.

-reducing placing request refusals.

-lowering transportation costs.

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