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Last all-girls state school step closer to letting in boys

Council officials recommend making Notre Dame High School co-educational.

Notre Dame could soon admit boys for the first time. <strong>Google 2019</strong>
Notre Dame could soon admit boys for the first time. Google 2019

Scotland’s last all-girls state secondary school has moved a step closer to letting in boys for the first time.

Council officials have recommended making Notre Dame High School co-educational following a consultation.

They said it would lead to more consistency in the level of education received by pupils.

Glasgow councillors will now vote on a final decision on November 28, however the ruling SNP group has already declared its backing.

If they agree to the changes, boys will be admitted to the school from August 2021.

Catchment areas for the school will also be altered under the officials’ recommendations.

Parents group Notre Dame High For All welcomed the development, saying: “We are delighted that Glasgow City Council has recommended changing the entry criteria of Notre Dame High to one of full inclusion of all children.

“We hope that the city administration committee approves the recommendation and brings to an end exclusion of children from their local catchment school because of their gender.

“We are confident that Notre Dame High will have a bright future as a fully inclusive and welcoming school, reflecting all that is best of modern Glasgow. This is a fantastic day for equality.”

Consultation on the school’s future closed in May, with almost 5000 responses.

Options included no change, allowing the school to accept boys, or retaining the single-sex status but adding more primary schools to the catchment area.

Results showed that around 53% of votes were returned for the first two options – 39.9% voted to keep the status quo while 13.4% said they would want to keep the school single sex and expand the catchment area.

However, 45.9% of respondents said they would like to make the school co-educational.

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