ABRONHILL High School has shown to be one of the top performing North Lanarkshire high schools, despite council proposals to shut the campus and move its staff and students to Cumbernauld High School.
Earlier today the council’s Learning and Leisure Services published a report saying that alternatives, to the council’s proposals to amalgamate Abronhill and Cumbernauld High Schools over August were “not viable”.
The report did not contain direct recommendations but does suggest that Abronhill High School’s proposed closure could become a reality soon. Although, HMIe, Scotland’s school inspectors have slammed the council’s conclusions in their own school inspection report.
HMIe’s report, which is yet to be made public via Education Scotland, concludes that the council’s proposals would save the council money but would have a “detrimental” effect on the education of pupils in both schools.
Since the report immerged today many people have been quick to respond with their anger at the language and tone used, with some campaigners pointing out Abronhill’s success in the exam league table.
Figures published on the Evening Times on 19th December 2012 show that Abronhill High School had 31% of its pupils obtaining 3 or more Highers – the second highest percentage in North Lanarkshire, with the top school being Dalziel High School, on 47%.
Abronhill High School is just one of five Cumbernauld High Schools to be in the table’s top five; joint second was Cumbernauld’s Our Lady’s High School on 31%, joint third was Coltness High School and St. Maurice’s High School, on 30%, with Greenfaulds High School on 29% and Motherwell’s Our Lady’s High School on 27%.
Jim Logue, Convener of Learning and Leisure Services, said: “We aim to provide all pupils with the best possible set of skills, knowledge and experiences to last them throughout their lives.
“This year’s figure, and the examination trend over several years, is highly encouraging. We will always expect and demand the best for all our children and we believe that we can build on this success.”
Also included in the figures was the ercentage of pupils gaining 5 or more awards at Credit or Intermediate 2 level by the end of fourth year, the percentage of pupils gaining 3 or more awards at Higher level by the end of fifth year and the percentage of pupils gaining 5 or more awards at Higher level (or better) by the end of sixth year.
Christine Pollock, executive director of Learning and Leisure Services at North Lanarkshire Council, said: “Thanks to the considerable hard work of our pupils and teachers we continue to see year on year improvements in examination results.
“We are delighted for the pupils and their families and hope this gives them the foundations to have success in their future studies or field of work.”
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