Cathy Fullerton: Group to give Craigmillar kids best chance

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YOU will have seen headlines in this paper recently about whether Castlebrae High School will close or not. Last month the council decided to keep it open and to explore how we could ensure that the children of Craigmillar are guaranteed to have the best educational opportunities possible.

One of the options for the future use of Castlebrae High School was as a possible annexe of Portobello High School, but there was a consensus of opinion that this be scrapped. Now we are in the process of setting up a working group. We have already asked a high calibre team of experts to turn to for help, and with their knowledge and hands-on experience in turning around schools and improving pupil performance, we have a positive way forward.

Also, we have key members of the community and parent representatives joining the new working group which I will chair, and you can already feel the enthusiasm of everyone involved. What brings us together is a common goal of getting what is best for the children, not only the current pupils, but all the future children that will be growing up in the area.

With the input of the experts, the community representatives and our own experience in education, we will continue to explore all the options we have available and take the next step towards giving every child the best education we can.

As both chair and vice convener, I would also like to make a commitment that the members of the working group will all work positively together and come back to the education, children and families committee in December with a clear and final plan for the future of Castlebrae High School pupils and the community of Craigmillar.

• Councillor Cathy Fullerton is vice convener of the city’s education, children and families committee.