A recent FOI request by Labour MSP, James Kelly has revealed that over 300 pupils from the Cambuslang East area will be redirected to Uddingston Grammar over the next five years.
The figures show that since 2018 over 130 pupils have already been sent to Uddingston, rather than one of the three Rutherglen based secondary schools that usually serve the area. Currently, Stonelaw High School is slightly under its pupil capacity, while Cathkin High School is very close to its current operating capacity.
Kelly is calling on South Lanarkshire Council to build a new high school in Cambuslang East as part of his election campaign for the area.
James Kelly MSP said "For some time now the council has sent many Cambuslang based pupils, usually those living in Drumsagard and Newton, to Uddingston Grammar. This move initially sought to reduce the pressure on our local Rutherglen High Schools, but these figures show that now Uddingston is becoming a more permanent resolution
"It's simply not good enough, I have been raising concerns around the capacity of our existing High Schools for some time, and I am pledging to fight for a new secondary school should I be re-elected in May. It's not fair to expect pupils to attend school in a completely different local area, leaving them to struggle with suitable transport, and often living far away from many of their friends.
"To make matters worse, there is no easy way of travelling to Uddingston Grammar from Newton and Drumsagard on public transport, and no safe or reasonable walking route. This means the council has put pupils in a position where they will be hindered if they cannot access a car. I have already heard from constituents who's children have to miss out on important activities like supported study, as a direct result of these issues.
"It's time for the council to get serious, and put pupils first. We need a new High School for Cambuslang East so that pupils can attend a school in their own community. The SNP promised one in 2016, yet they have failed to deliver - but I am committed to fighting for our constituents to have the facilities they deserve."