Penciuik high school status ‘must change’

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Council proposals to merge Penicuik’s two high schools are not finding favour with the local community, it has been claimed.

The local authority has concluded a six-week consultation seeking local opinion to combine Penicuik High and Beeslack Community High and operate a shared campus making use of both school buildings and playing fields.

Midlothian Council has explained that action is necessary as the roll is falling in both schools and a merger would sustain a curriculum with a wide range of subjects at all levels.

Colin Taylor, Midlothian’s head of education, told Penicuik and District Community Council: “It is quite clear there is serious opposition to the idea of operating the school across two buildings.”

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