Notre Dame Primary School, in the West End of Glasgow, is a feeder primary school to Notre Dame High school.
In the Spring of 2017, the Parent Council of Notre Dame Primary School undertook a ballot of parents to ask if they were for or against a consultation on Notre Dame High school’s single-sex entry criteria.
The ballot was independently verified, confirming one vote per family, and the count was independently witnessed.
The outcome was overwhelming:
* 76% of all families a Notre Dame Primary school responded in the ballot
* 87% of the families that responded voted in favour of a consultation.
Education Services at Glasgow City Council advised the Parent Council to gather more local support before it would consider a consultation leading the Group to contact the parent councils of surrounding schools.
Support for a consultation was again overwhelming with all the other local parent councils, except one, confirming their support for a consultation.
The Archdiocese also confirmed it is supportive of a consultation.
In July 2017, the Group submitted an evidence package to Glasgow City Council Education Services Department requesting that it consider the case for consulting on the single-sex entry criteria for Notre Dame High school.
In November 2017, Education Services rejected our request for a consultation.
The campaign group has worked hard ever since to raise awareness of this matter, including speaking to councillors, extensive media coverage and gathering community support. Indeed, in only three weeks, the NDH4ALL campaign group gathered over 1,800 signatures from Glasgow residents that supported consulting on change at Notre Dame High school. This was yet more clear evidence of the desire for change in Glasgow.
In February 2018, Education Convener, Councillor Chris Cunningham, announced that there would be a consultation on the entry criteria at Notre Dame High School.
Glasgow City Council has since committed to hold a consultation in Spring 2019. It has informed the Scottish Government that papers will be put to the City Administration Committee to approve a consultation, to be announced by mid-February 2019.
We know that many parents at the high school, the primary school and in the local community would like to see change. The only way to be sure your views are considered is to respond to the 2019 Notre Dame High consultation.
This is your chance to shape the future and make a positive change for boys and girls in Glasgow and Scotland.
Let Glasgow City Council know you support giving girls a right to co-education, boys the right to go to their local school, and that you support equality for all children, regardless of gender.