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Gaelic Education Assurance Welcomed

Thursday March 3

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has welcomed City of Edinburgh Council’s decision to guarantee pupils from a Gaelic-speaking primary school a place at their preferred secondary school.

Earlier this week, the Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison warned of ‘potentially disastrous’ consequences after some parents were warned their children may not get a place in James Gillespie’s High School.

However, the council has now agreed to find places for all pupils from Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce who wish to continue Gaelic medium education at Gillespie’s.

Dr Morrison said: “I am delighted to receive news that the pending crisis in Gaelic medium education in Edinburgh has been averted.

“I am deeply grateful to the Education, Children and Families Committee of the Council for withdrawing the report and thus making space for a process of consultation to take place.

“It gives me great pleasure, as it must to the families and children concerned, to know that all the pupils affected will now transfer to James Gillespie’s High School, as they had expected to do.”                                                                                                          

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