School switch likely to get the green light

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CHANGES to the catchment area of two Kirkcaldy primary schools look likely to go ahead.

Fife Council have this week published a report following a consultation on their proposals for the Alloway area of the town to be rezoned from the catchment zone of Fair Isle Primary School to that of Valley Primary School with effect from August next year.

But the final decision will not be made until the next meeting of the Council’s education and children’s services committee on September 1.

In March this year the committee agreed to issue a proposal document and conduct a consultation on the possible changes.

Closer

The consultation report explains the Alloway area - comprising of Alloway Drive; Ellisland Avenue; Hendry Road (odd numbers 161-183 inclusive); Jean Armour Gardens; Lochlea Grove; Lochlea Terrace; Mauchline Grove and Tarbolton Court - currently lies at the extreme south-eastern edge of the catchment area of Fair Isle Primary and is considerably closer to Valley Primary School.

In his report, Ken Greer, executive director of education and children’s services, stressed that the proposal will not directly affect pupils currently attending Fair Isle and if the proposed change goes ahead parents will retain their right to make a placing request.

Those consulted included parents and carers of children attending Fair Isle Primary, Nursery and Valley Primary; the parent councils; local headteachers; community councils and councillors.

Twenty-one pupil council members were also consulted, with 17 of the children in favour of rezoning.

Mr Greer said the consultation had generated a “very low level of interest” with only six responses received from parents and members of the local community, which overall were in favour of the proposed change.

Siblings

He said: “Both during and since the close of the consultation period a number of parents have sought reassurance about younger siblings being allowed to continue to attend the school currently attended by older brothers and sisters.”

He said the only other issue raised by both parents and pupils related to pupils having to cross Templehall Avenue to reach Valley Primary from the Alloway area, and this would be addressed.

Mr Greer added: “If the recommendation within this consultation report is ratified by the committee on September 1, it is proposed consideration be given to provision of an additional school crossing patrol on Templehall Avenue from August 2012. ‘Safe Routes to School’ would also require to be reassessed.”