One of the major factors influencing a family’s house purchase is school catchment areas. Earlier in the year, we explored how demand for the top performing secondary schools has had a significant impact on house prices in the surrounding areas. Edinburgh Council has identified that demand for spaces in South Edinburgh’s primary schools is at the highest it has been in 30 years. The pressure is felt most at South Morningside Primary, where children are split between three sites.
In response to this challenge, the Council has been making plans for a new primary school to be located on Canaan Lane, creating a new catchment area within the current areas of South Morningside Primary School, James Gillespie’s Primary School and Bruntsfield Primary School. Initially intended to be ready in 2020, a November 2018 update proposes that the new primary school will open from August 2021, with registration to begin in November 2020.
The reason for the delay is to allow for unexpected issues that may arise during construction that would cause a scramble to find school places for the registered pupils. School estate planning officer Ian Tame, said:
“If there was any delay to completing the new school building there is no obvious contingency plan for where the new P1 intake would go and last-minute changes of locations for new P1 pupils would be very disruptive to the families involved.”
The budget for the new school is £12.2 million, with £6million of this coming from the sale of the old Boroughmuir High building.
The map above shows the new catchment area, which sits right in the middle of the existing three school areas. This will be welcome news if you are looking to move into the South Morningside area and have very young children or are expecting to in the next few years.
With existing catchment areas being oversubscribed, we expect that this new catchment will develop a reputation as one of Edinburgh’s most desirable primary schools given its exclusivity.