Bellshill school in key alliance with the Co-op

Cardinal Newman High School staff and pupils are celebrating the honour of becoming the first Scottish School of Co-operation in North Lanarkshire.

Cardinal Newman High School staff and pupils are celebrating the honour of becoming the first Scottish School of Co-operation in North Lanarkshire.

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Bellshill’s Cardinal Newman High School has signed a close alliance with the Co-op that will even see exams taking place in Co-operative Studies.

The school is first in North Lanarkshire to become a local Scottish School of Co-operation,in a move that will see the school work closely with the Co-operative Society - and more than 30 pupils taking special Co-op themed SQA qualifications.

Caridnal Newman pupils will also create a young co-operative enterprise to develop skills for learning, life and work.

This will involve staging an event in the school, supported by the Co-op Education Trust Scotland (CETS)

Depute head teacher Catherine O’Keane said: “We have been struck with how well the co-operative values and principles chime with the school ethos and mission.

“The language may be slightly different but the sentiments are the same. “

CETS is an education charity funded by the co-operative movement, which aims to inspire co-operative enterprise by working with schools and producing learning resources.

Jim Lee, CETS Chair, told pupils that the Co-operative Movement consists of over a million businesses world-wide, from the co-op distribution centre at Newhouse - one of the biggest employers in North Lanarkshire - to a snake catchers’ co-op in India. 
Provost Jim Robertson, who accepted the award on behalf of the school, said: “North Lanarkshire has a proud association with the co-operative movement.”

He added: “Scotmid has been in our midst for over a century and the Co-op group have set up their main Scottish distribution centre at Newhouse within a stone’s throw of Keir Hardie’s birthplace.”