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

Jordanhill School, in the West End, benefits from an 80 percent 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.”

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

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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 percent 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.

Private schools, which are also classed as charities, received the business rates discount until recently, when it was removed during a 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 percent on account of its charitable status.

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