Glasgow Gaelic School
|Scottish Gaelic||Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu|
|Type||Nursery, Primary, Secondary|
|Medium of education||Scottish Gaelic|
|Location||147 Berkeley Street
|Council area||Glasgow City|
|Students||630 (Sept 2011)|
|Scottish schools online||Glasgow Gaelic School|
Glasgow Gaelic School (Scottish Gaelic: Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu) is a school in Glasgow which teaches through the medium of Scottish Gaelic. This teaching method is commonly known as Gaelic medium education. The school has no catchment area as it serves the whole of Glasgow, as well as south-west Scotland, taking in pupils from Kilmarnock, East Kilbride, Bishopbriggs, Cumbernauld and Greenock.
The current roll of Glasgow Gaelic School is around 750, split between nursery, primary and secondary. There is no entrance examination, waiting list, or other form of selection. Access is available to any family that submits a placing request to the Glasgow City Council for entry at age 4 or 5, into primary 1. Demand has grown steadily since 1999, and this has prompted the council to consider building a further primary school facility.
The secondary school part of the school is the only one of its kind in Scotland. It teaches most secondary subjects through the medium of Gaelic, and Gaelic is the language of the whole school. The intake at secondary 1 comprises pupils from its own primary, and from the Gaelic medium education units in several other neighbouring local authorities, principally East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire.
The local authority - Glasgow City Council - has ambitious plans to increase rolls generally in the city, aiming for a Primary 1 intake of 110 by 2012 (compared to 75 in 2008), and to enhance the education available to local families. It is expected that such extended primary provision would be delivered in both the existing school and the planned new facility in the south side of the city.
The first Gaelic School opened in 1999, as a primary school only: Bunsgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu (Glasgow Gaelic Primary School). As the school roll grew it became necessary to relocate to larger premises. Previously the site of Woodside Secondary School, this building reopened in August 2006 as Glasgow Gaelic School, providing Gaelic medium education for pre-5, primary and secondary pupils.
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