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In 2014 in Glasgow:

  • There were a total of 65,516 pupils in Glasgow City Council schools: 38,496 primary pupils, 25,374 secondary pupils and 1,646 pupils were enrolled at schools providing additional support for learning
  • 21.0 % of primary pupils and 16.5% of secondary pupils were from an ethnic minority background
  • Almost 2,000 pupils (3% of all pupils) were from asylum seekers or refugee families
  • Primary school attendance levels rose to 93.7% in 2012/13 and have risen among secondary pupils in recent years with current attendance at 91.2%. Attendance levels in Glasgow are generally lower than neighbouring local authorities and other cities
  • Secondary school attainment levels have been rising over the last ten years but are still lower than other local authorities and lower than the Scottish average.
  • In 2012/13, 31.4% of school leavers (from publicly funded secondary schools) went on to higher education, 27.4% onto further education and 26.8% employment or training, while a further 10% were unemployed.
    (Source: Education Services, Glasgow City Council)


The school population in Glasgow City Council primary, secondary and additional support for learning (ASL) schools has been gradually decreasing over the last 15 years, but has begun to slowly increase in the primary sector again since 2012.

In Glasgow primary schools in 2014, 17.9% of primary pupils and 16.3% of secondary pupils were recorded as having English as an Additional Language. Across Glasgow's neighbourhoods this proportion varies substantially. For example, English was an additional language among 2.1% of primary pupils in Baillieston and Garrowhill compared to 73.1% in Pollokshields East.


School attainment levels in the city’s schools have been rising steadily over the last ten years, although Glasgow pupils on average still have lower attainment levels than pupils in other local authorities. In recent years the proportion of school leavers from publicly funded Glasgow schools entering ‘positive destinations’ - higher education, further education, employment, training or voluntary work – has increased (to 89.2% in 2012/13). There have been particularly notable rises in school leavers going onto higher and further education.

 In making sense of Glasgow's educational performance it is important to be aware that the city has higher levels of deprivation than other local authorities in Scotland, as illustrated in the children's population and children's poverty sections of Understanding Glasgow. 30.4% of primary pupils and 25.1% of secondary pupils were entitled to free school meals in 2014.


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