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Castlebrae Community High: Councillors vote not to close school

Campaigners protest against the closure of Castlebrae High
Image caption Campaigners have been protesting against the school's closure

Councillors have voted to give Castlebrae High School in Edinburgh a reprieve from closure.

The fate of the school, in the Craigmillar area, was decided at a full council meeting on Thursday.

Officials had recommended that it should be shut at the end of the school year because of falling pupil numbers.

In their report, council officials said they believed children would get a better education by transferring from Castlebrae High to other schools.

Castlebrae has some of the worst exam results, truancy and exclusion rates in the country.

The school, which is in an area dogged by unemployment and health problems, currently has just 165 pupils on its roll - some 28% of its capacity - with only 17 S1 pupils.

Parents and pupils have been campaigning to keep it open.

Steve Cardownie, Edinburgh City Council's deputy leader, confirmed the threat of closure had been lifted.

'Uncertainty remains'

Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale said: "Campaigners will be relieved their hard work has paid off.

"Save the Brae should be congratulated for their tenacity in refusing to back down.

"Parents and pupils kept up the pressure on the administration despite misleading claims about poor outcomes and educational performance."

She said that contrary to suggestions that few responses were received to the consultation, the community came together to make their views known.

Ms Dugdale added that uncertainty remained and campaigners would worry this is a short-term reprieve.

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