Emma Seith

The all-girls school under pressure to mix things up

Campaign by parents could cause upheaval at one of Glasgow’s oldest schools

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Notre Dame secondary – the only all-girls state school in Scotland – is situated in Glasgow’s West End. Not far from trendy Byres Road, it is tucked away among quiet residential streets lined with rather grand sandstone tenements.

The 650 girls who attend Notre Dame High are drawn from all over the city and sometimes beyond. Single-sex schools are often highly selective, but headteacher Rosemary Martin explains that, while the school is located in one of the most affluent areas of Glasgow, 40 per cent of its pupils come from the most deprived parts of the city.

Depute head Joe Kane has just ...

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