A TOP-performing school in one of Glasgow's wealthiest areas receives a business rates discount other state secondaries cannot access.

Jordanhill School, in the city's west end, benefits from an 80% reduction in the six-figure sum, reports the Daily Record.

Glasgow City Council's Labour leader George Redmond said: “This does not seem fair. Schools serving poorer areas should have a level playing field.”

His comment came despite his party ending its pledge to ban charitable status for private schools last year.

Jordanhill, a state primary and secondary, recently topped school league tables for the seventh year in a row.


Unlike other council-run schools, it is independently governed and directly funded by the Scottish Government. As it is run by a charity, it can benefit from other financial advantages such as the business rates reduction.

According to the Scottish Government website, the school is liable for £261,332 of business rates. An 80% reduction takes a massive £209,065 off the bill – roughly the equivalent of salaries for six probationer teachers.

Nearby Drumchapel High is liable for £184,470 and receives no discount.

Councils pay the business rates for their schools, rather than the institution themselves.

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Private schools, which are also classed as charities, received the business rates discount until 2022, when it was removed during a Scottish Government review of the system.

A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council, which is reportedly considering axing hundreds of teaching posts in a bid to save cash, said: “Jordanhill (technically, the Board of Governors) gets mandatory relief of 80% on account of its charitable status.

"Councils have the discretion to top that up to 100%, we have not done so – they pay the 20% balance.”