Council launches consultation on the future of St Margaret’s RC Primary School

St Margaret's

We want to hear your views on proposals to close St Margaret’s RC Primary School in Loanhead.

Has no pupils

The school has experienced a falling roll in recent years. Currently it has no pupils.

Fill in our survey

Staff, local residents and community and religious organisations can find out more about the statutory consultation and fill in a short survey from today (Tuesday 28 September). The consultation will run for six weeks until Tuesday 16 November inclusive.

Proposed catchment changes

If given the go ahead, the proposals would see St Margaret’s close from 1 July 2022. The catchment boundaries of St Mary’s, St Matthew’s and Sacred Heart RC Primary Schools would be extended to include the St Margaret’s catchment area.

Early learning arrangements

Early learning and childcare provision (ELC) would continue as per the current arrangements. Children are currently offered ELC at Loanhead Primary School.  

Falling roll over years

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Jim Muirhead said:  “St Margaret’s school roll has been falling for a number of years to the extent there are now currently no pupils being educated there.

Families choosing other schools

“Instead families in the catchment are choosing to send their children to other schools, including nearby denominational schools.

Please give us your views

“We have a statutory duty to consult formally on the proposal to close the school. We want to hear from as many local people as possible so please give us your views.”

Public meetings

Meetings (both virtual and in-person) will take place on Tuesday 12 October at 6.30pm at Loanhead Primary School. There will also be a virtual meeting on MS Teams on Wednesday 13 October at 6.30pm (the link will be given to you when you book a slot). Virtual drop-in sessions will also take place on Wednesday 27 October between 10am to noon, 2pm-4pm and 6pm to 8pm. These will be 20 minute slots.

To book a place

Please contact EducationConsultation@midlothian.gov.uk to reserve a place at either the live meeting, the virtual meeting or the virtual drop-in sessions.

 

28 Sep 2021