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PE01486: Primary one class sizes and sibling placing requests


Petitioner: Julie Wales


Date Lodged: 21 June 2013

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to improve national quality in the primary one academic year by reducing average class sizes to 18 with an upper limit of 20; direct additional funding to resource the measures taken with appropriate staff, accommodation and physical resources; protect the family unit through amendment to current policy to ensure that siblings are not refused placing requests to be schooled alongside family members, and proactively prepare for future upsurges in the population to avoid displacement of siblings in primary schools.

Petition History:


1 October 2013: The Committee took evidence from Julie Wales, and Lynne Connor, member of the public, East Renfrewshire. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, COSLA and a selection of local authorities. Link to Official Report 1 October 2013 (477KB pdf)

Below: Julie Wales and Lynne Connor giving evidence on Tuesday 1 October 2013


10 December 2013: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 on the basis that policies on school admissions rest with local authorities and the Scottish Government intends to consult on class sizes in early 2014, providing the petitioner with a further opportunity to submit her views. Link to Official Report 10 December 2013 (425KB pdf)

Written Submissions:

Is there a feedback mechanism from birth  and migration rates information in Scotland into the Education authority?

Has the issue of dark winter mornings/clock changes been considered when 5 year olds have been displaced into separate schools?

Should placing requests to accompany siblings into schools of choice not be highlighted in red as "high risk strategies" for parents?

Could each council not facilitate better planning for sibling requests by requesting information about family members likely to want to join same schools in the future?


I have thoroughly explored the problem of scottish class sizes at www.kidsnotsuits.com

Pete Gregson

12:52 on 14 Jun 2013

Disgusted at the lack of humanity in this decision.

Julie Waller

17:35 on 06 Jun 2013

Surely keeping families together should be a major priority. ...unbelievable decision!

Fiona Settery

10:29 on 06 Jun 2013

Shocking decision!

Remy Halliday

7:51 on 06 Jun 2013

This is a disgrace. Sort it out ASAP .

Jacqueline walker

21:26 on 05 Jun 2013

this situation is a nightmare that is hitting mostly hard working families , the children should all go to the same school , it is crazy to have different ones

alex dalgettie

21:23 on 05 Jun 2013

This is directly affecting us at the moment , my daughter has been refused a place at the school her sibling goes to. We appealed with two other families, they got in and we didn't . Explain that to a four year old :-(

Caroline Waller

19:00 on 05 Jun 2013

We all know how important this is in order to keep our kids together at school.

pamela angelini

23:01 on 04 Jun 2013

Things need to change to allow more children in

Laura phelps

13:20 on 02 Jun 2013

We could be in this situation next year. Thoroughly supporting this campaign in the hope that the voices of concerned parents are heard. It's the right thing to do.

Shibani Harvey

12:52 on 02 Jun 2013

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