Consultation on plans for Willowbank School

Proposed move to new premises in Airdrie

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A consultation has opened on proposals to relocate Willowbank School to new facilities within St Margaret's High School in Airdrie.

Willowbank, a secondary school for pupils with additional support needs needs, is currently based within the Cardinal Newman High School campus in Bellshill. It previously also had premises in Coatbridge, but these have been closed since August 2018. The current role is 49.

We are consulting parents, carers, pupils, staff and parent councils on a proposal to create a purpose-built facility at St Margaret's including general classroom spaces, entrance area, social space for pupils, dining room and outdoor area, as well as timetabled access to specialist facilities such as science, art, technical and home economics classes.

The proposal would see existing pupils officially move to the new facility in Airdrie from April 2020.

The consultation will run from 18 September until 7 November. A public meeting will be held on Tuesday 8 October, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm at St Andrews Community Centre, 9 Old Monkland Road, Coatbridge ML5 5EA. Council officers will be available to discuss the proposal and answer questions.

"We want to ensure all our pupils have access to the highest quality of learning facilities, and the current building that Willowbank School occupies is no longer fit for purpose," said Gerard McLaughlin, Head of Education and Families (Central).

"The accommodation within St Margaret's High School would allow pupils to fully participate in a broad curriculum that better meets their needs and offers more inclusive education opportunities."

Copies of a report outlining the proposed move are available from the Civic Centre in Motherwell, Willowbank School, St Margaret's High School, Cardinal Newman High School, Airdrie and Coatbridge Libraries, and Bellshill Cultural Centre.

The proposal for Willowbank School results from a review of all Additional Support Needs (ASN) carried out by the council earlier this year to better meet the needs and improve outcomes for pupils.

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