High schools to amalgamate

North Lanarkshire Council is considering amalgamating Our Lady's High with Taylor High
North Lanarkshire Council is considering amalgamating Our Lady's High with Taylor High

Our Lady’s High in Motherwell and Taylor High in New Stevenston are set to amalgamate and move to a new campus at Ravenscraig.

North Lanarkshire Council’s learning and leisure committee will meet on Monday to decide on sending the proposal to a consultation.

It is planned that a £36 million campus will be built at Ravenscraig to house all 1,500 pupils from the two schools as well as youngsters who attend Bothwellpark ASN High.

This is one of four planned mergers with St Dominic’s/St Edward’s, Carnbroe/Sikeside/St Stephen’s and Dunrobin/Petersburn all set to move to new campuses.

In total the council is planning to spend £73 million creating the four campuses, with the Ravenscraig one the only one to be built on land not owned by the local authority.

Executive director of learning and leisure Andrew Sutherland said: “These proposals give us an exciting opportunity to bring our school estate into the 21st century and build on previous investment.

“Of course, we understand that there may be views on the proposals and we are keen to hear these, but I’d stress at the outset that we will work for communities to deliver a successful transition for the betterment of our young people”

Our Lady’s with 706 pupils is only 60 per cent occupied and the condition of the building and suitability are both rated B. Taylor is fuller at 79 per cent (765 pupils), but considered C for condition and B for suitability.

Bothwellpark has 31 pupils at present and rated B for condition and C for suitability.

Learning and leisure convener Councillor Jim Logue said: “It’s important to state at this stage no decision has been taken on approval for the consultation, let alone the outcome of the consultation.”

School sources say an Our Lady’s/Taylor merger has been rumoured before, but this week’s news still came as a surprise.