Parents in Milton of Campsie and Lennoxtown have had their long-awaited wish of a non-denominational high school in East Dunbartonshire as a catchment area option granted.
From the start of the new session in August 2020 pupils of Craighead Primary in Milton of Campsie now have the additional option of Kirkintilloch High, while Lenzie Academy has now been officially zoned as an option for pupils of Lennoxtown Primary.
These are in addition to the current options of St. Ninian’s High in Kirkintilloch or Kilsyth Academy in North Lanarkshire.
The council decision follows nine months of consultations with parents and pupils and a number of public meetings, but for Councillor Gary Pews (Bishobriggs North and Campsie) it is the culmination of over two years of campaigning.
Councillor Pews said: "I was first approached about this issue when I attended a meeting of the Craighead Primary Parent Council shortly after being elected in May 2017.
"Parents were frustrated that an historical agreement going back to 1996 meant that despite living and working in East Dunbartonshire, and paying their council tax here, their primary school was not officially linked to a non-denominational high school in East Dunbartonshire.
"I took up the case and it gained momentum when the Liberal Democrat joint administration took over the running of the council in 2018.
"I have been pushing for last night’s decision for a long time and it gives me great satisfaction to have delivered it for my constituents."
Councillor Susan Murray (Kirkintilloch North and East and Twechar) added: "This was one of the main issues on the doorsteps even as far back as 2012 when I stood in the council by-election in Milton of Campsie, so it is great news that the parents have finally got what they have long wanted."
Meanwhile, Heather Crawford, the Chair of Craighead Primary Parent Council, said: "We as the current parent council at Craighead Primary are delighted that after many years of campaigning by ourselves and our predecessors we now have the option to choose a non-denominational secondary school education for our children within East Dunbartonshire. We wish to extend our thanks to all those who have campaigned for this change over the years and to Councillor Gary Pews who has supported us in this."