Penciuik high school status ‘must change’

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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