Delay Penicuik schools’ decision plea

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Penicuik and District Community Council has called on the local authority to delay a decision for two years on merging the town’s two high schools.

Midlothian Council has been consulting on its proposal to merge Penicuik and Beeslack High Schools with S1 to S3 housed in one school and S4 to S6 at the other.

The community council, in its response to the local authority, recognises that something must be done as both schools are faced with the challenge of falling pupil numbers.

“However, it believes there are currently too many uncertainties to be sure that any decision taken now will be in the pastoral interests of the young people concerned, or will provide the educational experience that meets their aspirations and those for them of their parents and teachers,” said the community council.

Given the “significant uncertainties”, the community council has recommended that Midlothian Council should delay for at least two years a decision on the proposed merger or any other of the options indicated in the consultation document.

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