‘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. 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. However, due to the single sex policy, it does not support its local community.
It is one of the top performing schools in Glasgow. Furthermore, it is located in an area with rapidly rising schools rolls. However, fewer local children attend Notre Dame High every year.
81% Notre Dame High pupils live outside the catchment area. It is the only catchment school in Glasgow that relies almost entirely on placing requests to fill classrooms.
Above all, children from Notre Dame High’s catchment area are being excluded from their local high school. As a result children are forced to travel outside of their local area to attend alternative schools.
However, a co-educational Notre Dame High would allow all catchment boys and girls to go to their local school together.
So this would allow pupils to fully participate in their local community. Moreover, they would become effective contributors to their local area and after-school activities would be more accessible.
A change to the entry criteria at Notre Dame High will enable it to support its local community as a catchment-based, council-run high school.