Dundee’s new Harris Academy is almost full, despite schools across the city running at an under occupancy rate of 20%.
The recently-opened school, which merged pupils from the original Harris catchment area with those from the now-demolished Menzieshill High, is at 99% capacity, with a roll of 1,299 pupils.
The council had anticipated the school would be close to the limit in its first year because of the merger. However, its popularity looks set to continue, with 213 placing requests for the next academic year already submitted.
Across the city, secondary schools in general have enough space to accept 8,974 pupils, but currently only 7,221 pupils are in local authority education, an under occupancy rate of 20%.
The figures are contained in a new report to the council that reveals six priority grades are used to determine which school a pupil should attend.
A pupil will be given priority one status to a school in their immediate local catchment area and status two where the director of education believes it would be best for that particular child to attend a specific school.
Priority three status is given when a pupil has siblings already at the school and four is if they went to a catchment area feeder primary, but do not live in the catchment area. Priority five status applies to pupils who live in the council area, but are not in the catchment, and priority six status is for those who live outside the city boundaries.
The convener of children and families services, Councillor Gregor Murray, said all of the pupils ranking from priority one to three who wanted to attend Harris Academy were enrolled.
The convener added: “We always knew capacity at Harris in the first year would be near to full.
“Parents have the right to choose what school they send their child to and if there is space the council will guarantee them a place.
“For the most part, pupils will go to the school in the catchment area where they live, but families have different reasons for choosing a school.
“The priority is that a child will go to their local school.”