‘Local Schools For Local Children’
Glasgow City Council strongly advocates a policy of ‘Local Schools for Local Children‘. This ensures that schools foster community ties and children and their families can benefit from community support and cohesion.
Supporting The Local Community
Notre Dame High is a local council-run catchment school but, because of its single sex policy, it does not support its local community.
It is one of the top performing schools in Glasgow, located in an area with rapidly rising schools rolls. Despite this, fewer and fewer local children are attending Notre Dame High every year.
Less than 20% of pupils live within the catchment area. This makes it the only catchment school in Glasgow that relies almost entirely on placing requests to fill classrooms.
Getting It Right For Every Child
The Scottish Government promotes Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC). One of the key principles is Inclusion: That every child should be accepted into and able to play an active part in their local school and the community they live in.
Children from Notre Dame High’s catchment area are being excluded from their local high school. This forces them to travel outside of their local area to attend alternative schools.
A co-educational Notre Dame High would allow all catchment kids, both boys and girls, to go to their local school together.
Pupils would be able to take part in community engagement and become effective contributors to their local area. They would also be able to participate in after-school opportunities to enhance their learning.
Changing the entry criteria at Notre Dame High will enable it to support it’s local community as a catchment-based, council-run high school should.