Keep Currie Community High School Open

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Recently the council have unveiled plans to change catchment areas for both primary and secondary schools and to demolish two secondary schools (Wester Hailes Education Centre and Currie Community High School) and build a new school in their place. Their reasoning is that both schools need refurbishing and that it will be cheaper to build a new school. Whilst it is true that both need repairs that means the council should temporarily cut funding from other aspects of their work not that both schools should be abandoned (and most likely sold to housing developers). Currie is one of the top nationwide schools and there is no way to tell how this change will affect those statistics. If these proposals come to fruition it will completely disturb the local community as many sports clubs and social groups are hosted in the buildings. Not only that but the council would be affecting Woodlands School as it was built so it could share Currie High’s resources. Currie is an expanding area and many parents of young children have recently moved into new housing developments. All these children would have to get to their new schools by bus, car or other non eco-friendly methods of transportation unless they were to use a bike on a busy road. At 8:00 - 8:30 on a weekday morning many people are on there way to work meaning children will most likely have to leave earlier than usual in the morning. There are no shops near the proposed sites meaning children who don’t like school dinners or packed lunches will go hungry as opposed to the current Currie High which is near Scotmid, Baynes, the local butchers’ and the local chip shop amongst others. If the council are intent on building a new school then it should be on the site where the Currie High playing fields currently are. This would mean that the council could save the money and that the majority of pupils going to the new South West High could transition smoothly without much disruption and that Balerno High would no longer need an extension. The council could then build upgraded sporting facilities to replace the current facilities, for example a 4G pitch to replace the cracking, bumpy astro-turf currently in place. Although this would still mean a temporary pause on some sporting clubs I am sure most of them would be able to use the indoor halls.



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