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St Maurice's High

North Lanarkshire Sports Comprehensive - Scottish Rugby Union School of Rugby

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St Maurice's High School is a Roman Catholic High School in the new town of Cumbernauld. The catchment area serves the west side of Cumbernauld, Condorrat, Eastfield, Croy, Kilsyth and Moodiesburn. We also have young people from Glasgow, Chryston, Muirhead, Balloch, Abronhill, Carrickstone and Westerwood where parents have chosen to send their children to St Maurice's rather than other schools.

St Maurice's High - outside view

The name of St Maurice was chosen since he is the patron saint of the town of Bron in France, the "twin-town" of Cumbernauld.

Our Vision And Values

We aspire to be:

A Catholic Christian inclusive school community in which Gospel values such as love, wisdom, justice, compassion, integrity, responsibility and tolerance permeate all we do. It is a school which meets the needs of all pupils by providing a pathway for every pupil to achieve their potential through an inspiring environment, the provision of excellent learning and teaching an ethos of hard work. It is a community in which everyone - staff, pupils, parents and others associated with the school - works in partnership to provide an education of the highest quality for all our pupils.

St Maurice's is building a reputation as a school with very good academic results which also addresses broad achievement and has outstanding sports and out of class learning opportunities. North Lanarkshire records show that St. Maurice's provides an excellent pathway to Higher Education and is consistently among the top 4 North Lanarkshire schools in doing so. Saint Maurice's status as a Sports Comprehensive allows unequalled opportunities for Sports and Leisure with excellent in-house coaching and superb links to community clubs to allow for future progression. All sports are encouraged and high levels of participation for all pupils are a target. We also have an emerging group of elite athletes and sports men and women. We have current internationals in Basketball, Athletics and Triathlon, Tae Kwon Do, Handball, Volleyball, Trampoline and pupils performing at County level in all of these sports plus Football and Rugby.

Standards of uniform are very high and pupils show pride in their membership of this school community by wearing school uniform including the school blazer. Pupil welfare is a priority and there are excellent links with partner Primary Schools which allow for very good transition arrangements. Pupil behaviour is very good and the school enjoys an excellent reputation in the community. These transition arrangements are allowing for very good preparation for Curriculum for Excellence. Teachers in Saint Maurice's are embracing Curriculum for Excellence by reviewing and updating their skills and building links between subject areas to allow for more cross-curricular and interdisciplinary learning.

We are in our 3rd year of being designated a Fair Trade school and expect to achieve an Eco Green Flag this year.

The main building was opened in 1975 and an extension building was opened in 1981 to cope with the rising toll. Phase one of the school which came into use in August 1976, contains the school Administrative Offices, teaching rooms, Assembly Hall, Dining Room and staff accommodation at ground level with two landscaped internal courtyards. Above this is a two-storey block for Science, Home Economics, Business Studies and Religious Education. A separate block, to which access is gained directly from the main block, houses the Gym, Drama studio, Swimming Pool, Games Hall and changing rooms. Phase two was completed in August 1981, containing additional classrooms, staff-room and offices, including a Conference Room and an "open-plan" Art department. Apart from the buildings themselves the site has two Football pitches, a hockey pitch and a grass rugby/football pitch. Car parking is provided all around the school. A lift, ramps and specially designed toilet accommodation have been provided to make possible the admission to the school of students with additional support needs, including those with wheel chairs.

Most of the extension building was destroyed by fire in 2003 so this part of the school was rebuilt and refurbished in 2004. The jewel in the crown, as a Sports Comprehensive, is the state of the art Sports Hall which was opened in 2006; possibly the best school facility in the country.

It is most important that pupils do not confine their energies to the classroom. They are encouraged to join school clubs, take part in educational visits, make full use of the school library, and enjoy a full list of sporting activities, including school football teams; five-a-side competitions; girls football; badminton; basketball; skiing and snowboarding; professional golf lessons; swimming; gymnastic club; cinema, theatre and concert trips; school trips at home and abroad; debating; school band and choir; quiz teams and book clubs.

North Lanarkshire also organises for a number of pupils to go on an Outward Bound course each year at Loch Eil, Fort William. In the past year trips have left Saint Maurice's for Malawi, skiing in the French Alps, Rome and an exchange to Tuscany, Italy. In 2012, the same is planned plus a trip to Washington and New York and a football trip to Mallorca.

We are a Scottish Rugby Union School of Rugby, one of only 20 in the whole of Scotland and the only North Lanarkshire school. We have a commitment to 3 years of funding so that, in each year, 20 S1 and S2 pupils [boys and girls] will be part of a School of Rugby class, learning to play the game of Rugby but also using Rugby as a vehicle for developing personal and social skills and skills for their own health and wellbeing.

Over the past few years Out of School Learning Activities have expanded considerably in St Maurice's. As well as traditional exam revision and supported study offered in the second term, St Maurice's offers a large number of activities designed to raise achievement and self esteem. We strive to encourage lifelong learning and citizenship. We currently offer a summer school, a programme for new S1 entrants designed to aid transition to the secondary school where pupils are encouraged to get to know their staff and fellow pupils and become familiar with the school surroundings before the session starts. Team building skills are encouraged and pupils take part in a number of outdoor activities at Strathclyde Country Park. S1 and S2 lunchtime reading club is also available to promote reading and literacy in S1 and S2 through personal reading, discussion and writing about novels of pupils' choice. Senior School student's mentor young pupils as "Buddies" and we have a thriving youth St Vincent de Paul Group which does fantastic work. We also have a Pro Life Group and a group of senior pupils acting as Faith Mentors. Senior pupils in the Enterprise Group take responsibility for organising a variety of activities and social events for younger pupils. As a Catholic School, our commitment to values such as love, charity and respect is shown in the myriad of charitable fund-raising which goes on in Saint Maurice's in a year.

St Maurice's sees itself as a focal point of the local community. It is therefore, a priority of the school to develop and strengthen links with the local community. These links include working together with industry, Glencryan School, local interest groups etc. Community and involvement of our pupils is encouraged. The school building itself is a fully used resource for the social and educational activity locality.

St Maurice's High School has excellent relations with its associated primary schools which are Holy Cross PrimarySt Helen's Primary, St Patrick's Primary, Kilsyth and St Michael's Primary.

For further information on the school visit St Maurice's high school website or download pdf icon St Maurice's high school handbook [3Mb].

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