Paul Godzik: Open day important for schools

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This week sees one of the most important days in the school calendar as all the city’s primary schools throw open their doors for parents and carers to pop in for a visit.

Wednesday is our annual Primary Schools Open Day when we encourage families with pre-school age children to have a look around and learn more about local schools.

It’s all part of our ongoing campaign to encourage parents to send their children to their local catchment school to see all the fantastic learning opportunities on offer. I hope parents will take this valuable opportunity to go along and see their school in action for themselves. Sending your children to your local school can have many benefits for parents, children and the community where you live.

More and more families are realising the positive benefits catchment schools offer and the days where parents could choose which primary school they would prefer their child to go to have long gone.

Next week’s open day is a fantastic opportunity to pop in and have a look around. Staff will be on hand to show off some of the great work taking place as all our schools offer a high quality education.

Rising primary school rolls and pressures on classroom spaces will be with us for many years to come so it’s vital parents play their part in helping us tackle this issue.

With school rolls in the city predicted to rise by around 15 per cent by 2019 – bringing our primary school population to more than 31,000 – local catchment schools are the most suitable option.

Primary Schools Open Day is always a great success and the feedback from staff and parents is positive. I’m delighted everyone is able to see at first hand the benefits of sending their children to their local school – not just for the families involved but for their community.

So I’d encourage everyone to visit their local school on Wednesday, register your child at that school during Registration Week (10th to 14th November) and support your local community instead of making an out of catchment request.

All of our primary schools offer a high quality education and your input as a parent can help make your local school better. Further information on catchment schools and the Open Day, including times for the different schools, can be found on the council’s website www.edinburgh.gov.uk/primaryschoolsopenday.

• Paul Godzik is Labour councillor for Meadows/Morningside ward