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Talks in school boundary dispute

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St Ninian's High is one of Scotland's top performing schools

A series of meetings has been arranged by neighbouring councils to resolve a catchment boundary dispute over one of Scotland's top performing schools.

Councillors from East Renfrewshire and Glasgow will meet in April, May and June to discuss overcapacity problems at St Ninian's High School, Giffnock.

The move comes after East Renfrewshire lost a legal ruling over access to the school from a pupil living in Glasgow.

A consultation on any new proposals will be held in the autumn.

The nature of the dispute over places at St Ninian's, which has more than 1,700 pupils, lies in local government reorganisation in the mid 1990s.

It's vital that we sit down together to look afresh at viable and legal solutions to the capacity issues at St Ninian's
Councillor Alan Lafferty
East Renfrewshire Council

After the break-up of the former Strathclyde Regional Council there was an agreement that children from homes within a certain area around the school would be accepted at St Ninian's.

New housing developments, however, have seen children from outside this agreed area attend a primary school which feeds into St Ninian's.

Last October, East Renfrewshire began moves to take the contentious area associated with St Angela's Primary in Glasgow out of the automatic catchment area for St Ninian's.

But the father of one girl who was refused a place successfully overturned the decision in court.

East Renfrewshire education convener, Councillor Alan Lafferty, said the working group involving Glasgow councillors would look for a way forward:

"It's vital that we sit down together to look afresh at viable and legal solutions to the capacity issues at St Ninian's," he said.



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