Education Executive have approved the launch of a statutory public consultation covering setting up the new school's catchment area, admission arrangements and primary to secondary transition arrangements. A formal consultation is required to create a new education establishment, with further school provision required to ensure the council has capacity to provide places for additional children from future development in West Lothian. Demand for denominational education currently exceeds capacity with a forecast for this demand increasing further. A preferred site on the B9080 west of Winchburgh village centre has been identified for the school, with the new school accommodating up to 660 pupils when completed. Construction of the school is intended to start in 2020, with the first intake of S1 pupils starting in August 2023. The proposals would mean changing the catchment areas for both St Margaret's and St Kentigern's academies, with a number of primary schools changing their association from their current secondary to the new Winchburgh school including St. Joseph's in Linlithgow, St Nicholas in Broxburn and Holy Family in Winchburgh.
Executive councillor for education David Dodds said: "The growth of West Lothian due to ongoing development across the area means that more school places will be required in the future.
"The establishment of a new school is a complex process, and we would encourage anyone who has views on any aspect of the proposals to take part in the consultation."