Green councillors welcome decision to keep Castlebrae High School open

Green councillors in Edinburgh have welcomed the decision by the City Council to reject closure of Castlebrae Community High School in Craigmillar, one of Edinburgh’s most deprived communities and called for unanimity about its long term future.

Faced with a report to Council which recommended closure, the Greens proposed keeping the school open until a promised new school is built and supported a community proposal for a commission to revitalise the school which has had an axe hanging over it for over 10 years.

Green Education spokesperson, Cllr Melanie Main said:

“I am very pleased for the families, young people and community in Craigmillar who have mounted a vigorous campaign to keep their school open. No-one is pretending that Castlebrae is a flourishing school but, with the right will, a new path can be set out for Castlebrae, building up its reputation as a centre of excellence for vocational education, combined with ongoing commitment to traditional academic subjects.

“On the core issue of the fate of Castlebrae young people if they go to Edinburgh’s largest school in Portobello – sink or swim – we simply did not have the evidence to close the school.

“We need now to send out that clear and unmistakable message to families in the area, which reassures them that the school is staying and will be improved, that their children will be able to go through from start to finish and that a long-promised new school will be delivered.”