Pupil numbers crossing border now over 100

More than 100 English school pupils are being educated north of the border.

Friday, 25th May 2018, 08:10 am
Updated Wednesday, 23rd May 2018, 09:16 am
Eyemouth High School

Scottish Borders Council has confirmed that 110 pupils living in England are being educated at Eyemouth High School.

That news follows a damning report on the school’s close English neighbour Berwick Academy, labelled inadequate by education watchdog Ofsted.

The academy’s exam results fell into the bottom 10% of schools in England, and it has been placed in special measures following the resignation of headteacher Alexis Widdowson.

A council spokesman said: “Scottish Borders Council does not have a policy on accepting pupils from England. However, we do have a duty to consider all placements requests received.

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“All applications are considered and decisions made based on specific criteria outlined in our admissions policy.

“We currently have 110 pupils who attend one of our schools who have an English address.

“Placement request decisions are based on available space within the school. If there isn’t capacity, then no placement request is accepted, whether that is a child living in Scotland or England.

“There is no reciprocal arrangement with neighbouring councils. We have little evidence to suggest traffic flow in the other direction.”

The pupils’ education is essentially funded by the council, but in the event of children needing additional support, the local authority responsible for where they live would be asked to pay any additional costs. No financial assistance is requested from south of the border if no additional support is required.

The council also confirmed that youngsters living in England but being educated north of the border would be entitled to pupil equity funding, not available in England, if they meet financial eligibility.

Joseph Anderson , Local Democracy Reporting Service