‘No agenda to close Beeslack’

Beeslack High School, Penicuik
Beeslack High School, Penicuik

Proposed changes to school catchment areas in Penicuik are not part of an agenda to close Beeslack High, a council official has insisted.

Sandra Banks, a resource manager within Midlothian Council’s education department, was quizzed on the issue at a meeting of the full council last week.

Elected members were discussing a report calling for the catchment boundaries of the five non-denominational primary schools in Penicuik (Cornbank St James, Cuiken, Glencorse, Mauricewood and Strathesk) to be changed in order to achieve a “more balanced approach” to school rolls.

The change will see all P7 pupils in the Strathesk catchment area, half of whom currently move up to Beeslack Community High, enrolled at Penicuik High.

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