St Margaret's High
St Margaret's high school is a six year catholic comprehensive and co-educational school serving Airdrie, Chapelhall, Plains, Caldercruix, Greengairs, Longriggend, Glenmavis and Salsburgh. St. Margaret's was first opened in 1864 in Hallcraig Street. From those early beginnings it has developed into a large purpose built 6 year comprehensive school sited between Drumbathie Road and Waverly Drive. The new school was officially opened in 1974 and is the only catholic secondary school serving Airdrie and the surrounding countryside.
Partnership between parents and staff is essential. In St Margaret's the important role which parents play in the education of their children is fully recognised and parents are actively encouraged to communicate with the school. throughout the year there are meetings of parents at which the progress of your child can be discussed with both house and subject staff.
The school is based on a single site. The main teaching block is on five floors and includes a lift for pupils who have difficulties using the stairs. This block also houses the administration area. On the ground floor of the main block is the concourse, a large social area for pupils. Outwith the main block are specialised wings for science, art and music and technical. The PE wing includes a games hall, three gyms and a multi-purpose theatre/PE area. There are no school playing fields. Adjacent to the school is a sports and leisure complex with running track, astro-turf football pitch and other sports facilities which are used by the school by arrangement with North Lanarkshire Council.
St Margaret's has traditionally been involved in many activities and pupils are encouraged to enrol in our or more of the clubs organised by their teachers. These activities take place outside normal class hours on a voluntary basis. They include rugby, soccer, gymnastics, basketball, line dancing, badminton, watersports, netball, hockey, athletics, skiing, cross country running, chess and when possible, a school production. Certain departments such as history, geography and modern studies run lunchtime clubs and other departments run study groups for pupils. There are dances organised at Christmas for all year groups and discos occurring at different points of the year. The senior students have a formal Christmas dance, and the sixth year students have a leavers prom in June. There are various charities fund raising events taking place throughout the year involving all year groups.
St Margaret's has established strong links with its associated primary schools which are St Andrew's Primary, St David's Primary, St Edward's Primary, St Dominic's Primary, Alexandra Primary, St Mary's Primary, St Aloysius Primary and St Serf's Primary.
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