Parents urged to view joint campus

St Ambrose/Buchanan High joint-campus in Coatbridge
St Ambrose/Buchanan High joint-campus in Coatbridge

Parents and pupils from Our Lady’s, Taylor and Bothwellpark Highs are being invited to visit a joint school and community campus in Coatbridge.

The £44 million development, comprising Buchanan High, St Ambrose High and Townhead Community Centre opened in November 2012.

Letters have been sent by North Lanarkshire Council’s Learning and Leisure Services convener Jim Logue and executive director Andrew Sutherland to parents inviting them to view the facility on Saturday, April 26, between 11am and 3pm.

Councillor Logue said: “We’re throwing the doors open to parents to see for themselves what a bright, modern school with outstanding facilities looks like.

“The complex was built on a similar site to the one proposed for Ravenscraig and local people had similar concerns.

“During the consultation, we received many letters of objection against the campus at Drumpellier Country Park.

“However, I’m delighted pupils, staff and the wider community love the fantastic new facilities on their campus.”

The council wish to merge Our Lady’s and Taylor and relocate them to a new £36 million campus at Ravenscraig along with Bothwellpark ASN High.

Mr Sutherland said: “The existing school buildings at Our Lady’s and Taylor are no longer suitable for the new curriculum.

“I believe the proposed new school building will offer generations of pupils in among the very best educational, vocational, sports and leisure facilities in the country.

“It’s important to state that at this stage no decision has been taken; nonetheless these are exciting plans with considerable benefits.”

People are asked to e-mail if they plan to attend and also to provide any transport needs to and from Coatbridge.