New Catholic secondary for South West Glasgow
We, the undersigned, feel that our children in South West Glasgow are not being provided with adequate schooling for the area. We had St Ninians which has been taken from us, leaving St Paul’s.
St Pauls is already full, if not very near to capacity. The development directly adjacent to them, on the old National Savings Bank is likely to fill up existing places when the building is complete. Placing requests to other schools such as St Ninians or even St Luke’s in Barrhead have already been refused, and there is further housing development behind St Luke’s. There are plans for further development in several of the surrounding areas which currently fall into the catchment of St Paul’s, namely in Arden, Darnley and Nitshill, with a further 14 acres of residential development currently for sale on the old Toffolo Jackson site which is on the Glasgow City Council end of Burnfield Road.
Our children deserve an education which is secure and not beset by fears of where they will end up once they leave Primary school. The uncertainty and lack of consistency makes an already stressful period for the children and parents even more of an ordeal. Secure and high quality education should not be a postcode lottery and the children from the schools which were previously within the catchment for St Ninians are being left behind, and families have been forced to send siblings to two different schools, with different uniforms and holidays.
We need a school to replace St Ninians which will be able to accommodate all of our children together when they take the next important step on their educational road. They deserve that security.