Notre Dame High School Consultation
In March – May 2019 Glasgow City Council consulted on ending the single sex policy at Notre Dame High.
Almost 5000 people responded. There were three proposed options of which option 3; to make Notre Dame High co-educational, received the highest number of responses (45.9%).
On Nov 5th 2019 Glasgow City Council Education Services published their CONSULTATION RESPONSE REPORT recommending that Notre Dame High should become co-educational.
Glasgow City Councillors will vote on the recommendation at the City Administration Committee on Nov 28th 2019.
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 local co-education.
-Boys are excluded from their local catchment school.
-Siblings and classmates of different genders are separated.
Inclusion of all children, regardless of gender, will end discrimination and promote gender equality.
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. This would meet a key GIRFEC principal of inclusion. It would also fulfil Glasgow City Council’s policy to encourage ‘local schools for local children’.
It’s Good For Attainment
Notre Dame High has a significantly below average intake of pupils from disadvantaged areas compared to other Glasgow schools.
However, a move to co-education with an expanded catchment area would allow more children from disadvantaged areas to attend the school. This would help close the educational attainment gap.
Additionally, 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 girls and boys, all catchment children will benefit from a supported transition to their local secondary school together. This will have a long term positive impact on educational attainment and well-being.
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. The result would be reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, and increased rates of active travel. Children would be able to walk to school.
It’s Better Use Of Council Resources
Over the last decade, Notre Dame High has seen a steady decline in school roll. As a result, it is currently running well below capacity.
Notre Dame High is under-utilised by its’ local community. However, it 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 causes an unnecessary administrative and financial burden on the Council.
Additionally, local children excluded from Notre Dame High are transported to alternative schools miles from home. This causes unnecessary Council expense.
However, a co-educational Notre Dame High would 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.