Parents cut non-catchment school requests

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THE number of parents requesting places for their children at schools outwith their catchment area has fallen.

City council chiefs said they received 807 requests this year compared with 1109 last year – a drop of 27 per cent.

They warned parents last month that more placing requests were being refused because of increased pressure on school rolls.

The number of primary registrations has risen from 4408 last year to 4538 – an increase of three per cent.

Councillor Paul Godzik, the city’s education convener, said: “It is encouraging that the number of requests has fallen because this shows that 
parents have increased confidence in sending their child to the local catchment school.

“I know that some parents will be disappointed, however we have sought to be as open as possible throughout this process. Families who failed with requests will have their child registered with their local catchment school.”