Opposition grows to Wester Hailes-Currie high school merger

Efforts to try and save two Edinburgh high schools have stepped up a gear after the city council announced plans to merge Currie and Wester Hailes Education Centre.

The Conservative councillor for the area, Sue Webber, said the proposals had already caused significant distress and concern in the community. She said: “The plans seem to be ill-thought through – with options determined by people who do not understand the communities who are involved at all.

“They have devised these options for a new school site and failed to truly understand the needs of either community.

“Removing both schools will leave a vacuum – stripping the Currie area and Wester Hailes of everything. And to propose the green space at Curriemuirend as one of the sites for a new school is alarming. It is a very well-used, valuable green space.”

The plans have been met by a backlash from parents, pupils and both Wester Hailes and Currie communities.