Proposal to build a new Secondary School to replace Castlebrae High School

Closed 22 Dec 2017

Opened 13 Nov 2017


The Education, Children and Families Committee agreed on 10 October 2017 that a statutory consultation should proceed on the proposal to provide a new secondary school to replace Castlebrae High School on the site identified in Craigmillar Town Centre.                                                          

The original masterplan for the regeneration of the Craigmillar area showed the site for a new secondary school and community library in a town centre location.  The rationale for relocating the school is to:

a) give it a more prominent location in Craigmillar;  

b) endeavour to make it a more popular choice for its catchment population; and 

c) be a significant contributor to the regeneration of the town centre.     

Minor catchment changes are also proposed for both non-denominational primary and secondary schools in the area.
Full details of the proposal are available in the statutory consultation paper.  A summary paper has also been prepared. Both documents can be accessed from the links at the bottom of this page.

Why We Are Consulting

The purpose of this statutory consultation exercise is to seek approval as required by the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010, as amended by the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 that a replacement school for Castlebrae High School can be provided on the proposed town centre site.

What Happens Next

All of the issues that were raised during the consultation period will be considered and an 'Outcome of the Statutory Consultation' report will be published on 10 May 2018.  




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