Catchment of new school approved

Sod cutting at new Gorebridge primary school 'Pictured from left to right are: Derek Scotland, Project Director with Morrison Construction, Councillor Bob Constable and Jim Cassidy, the council's schools group manager.

Sod cutting at new Gorebridge primary school 'Pictured from left to right are: Derek Scotland, Project Director with Morrison Construction, Councillor Bob Constable and Jim Cassidy, the council's schools group manager.

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Midlothian Council has approved plans for the catchment of the new primary school being built at Whitehouse Way in Gorebridge.

Following a six-week public consultation, the catchment will include areas at Gowkshill, Hunterfield, Barleyknowe, Glenview and Arniston, as well as housing developments in North Gorebridge, Redheugh/Prestonholm, Redheugh West and Stobhill Road.

From August 2016 the catchment for Gorebridge Primary will include houses around Wilson Road, currently in the Stobhill Primary catchment. The area of Lingerwood, currently under Newtongrange Primary, will move to Mayfield Primary’s catchment.

Councillor Bob Constable (SNP), the cabinet member for education, said : “We have listened to what you told us and addressed some of your concerns.”

The council will continue to prioritise the granting of placing requests for siblings of children already at a school. Pupils whose house is switching to another catchment but already attend a school can remain at their current school.

The council will also look at what nursery a child attends when considering placing requests for pupils going into P1 in the affected schools in either 2016 or 2017.

Work is ongoing to resolve dining hall capacity issues at the shared campus for St Luke’s and Mayfield Primary Schools.

Meanwhile, the council will also continue to look at capacity issues at Newtongrange Primary.