Consultation on proposals to amend primary catchment areas for Yarrow and Philiphaugh

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Published: Monday, 13th May 2019

We are undertaking a statutory consultation on proposals to amend the catchment areas of Yarrow Primary School and Philiphaugh Community School in Selkirk.

The change is being considered as part of our school estate review following a sustained decline in pupil numbers at Yarrow Primary.

Consultation on suggested changes to catchment areas

Meetings held with parents to agree strategies to help increase the roll and improve the sustainability of the school suggested that the Yarrowford and Broadmeadows areas are included in the catchment for the school. They are currently part of the Philiphaugh Community School catchment area.

The consultation is being held to establish whether there is support for the amendment and will run from 10 May to 25 June 2019.

Feedback on the proposals of catchment areas

Complete the online questionnaire

The following public meetings will be held on 30 May 2019 to give people the opportunity to find out more and provide their feedback:

  • Philiphaugh Community School, Linglie Road, Selkirk - 5.30pm
  • Yarrow Primary School, Yarrow - 7.30pm

Paper copies of the relevant documentation will be available during the consultation period at:

  • Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells
  • Yarrow Primary School, Yarrow
  • Philiphaugh Community School, Linglie Road, Selkirk
  • Selkirk Library, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk

Paper copies of the questionnaire and other documentation will be provided at the public meeting or by contacting Children and Young People’s Services on 01835 825080 or contact our School Estates team online.

The outcome of the consultation will be presented to councillors following a report from Education Scotland.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member Children and Young People

“We are committed to making sure we do all we can to support our rural schools, particularly where we are seeing a decline in numbers. This proposal would see pupils living in the Yarrowford and Broadmeadow areas attending Yarrow Primary instead of Philiphaugh, which we hope would lead to a sustained increase in attendance for the valley school.

“We are clear that the proposal will have no impact on Philiphaugh Community School whose roll has remained constant for a number years. Should the plans be agreed, pupils from the Yarrowford and Broadmeadows area who currently attend Philiphaugh will be given the option of which school they would like to attend. Council transport will be provided if necessary. This arrangement will also apply to any future siblings.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in schooling in the area to make sure they take part in the consultation and give us their thoughts.”

More information

Approval to undertake the consultation was agreed at a meeting of the Council’s Executive on 30 April 2019.