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Our Lady's High School

A six-year comprehensive school in the Ravenswood district of Cumbernauld in North Lanarkshire, Our Lady's High School is located a half-mile (1 km) west southwest of the town centre. Opened in 1968, the buildings were the work of Glasgow-based architects Gillespie, Kidd & Coia and were extended in 1974 to provide a small theatre, a games hall and additional class room space. They were B-listed in 2000. The school roll is currently 917 pupils (2015) but the school has a capacity of 1150. Originally designed as a girl's school, boys were to be admitted until Cumbernauld's population was large enough for it to be solely for girls but by this time co-educational schools were the norm. The school divides its pupils into five houses; namely St. Columba, St. John Ogilvie, St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Mungo and St. Thenew. There are approximately 71 teaching and 23 support staff. Being a Roman Catholic school, faith plays an important part of the curriculum and the school makes use of the adjacent Ravenswood playing fields for sport.

The school is run by North Lanarkshire Council and maintains relationships with several local Roman Catholic primary schools from which their intake is primarily drawn; namely St. Andrew's Primary School (Carrickstone), St. Lucy's Primary School (Abronhill), St. Margaret of Scotland Primary School (Carbrain) and St. Mary's Primary School (Seafar), together with St. Barbara's Primary School in Muirhead and St. Joseph's Primary School in Stepps. The school also takes pupils from the nearby settlements of Moodiesburn and Castlecary.

Notable former pupils include Neil Primrose (b.1972) of the band Travis, while the politician Margaret Ewing (1945-2006) was an assistant teacher here between 1968-70.


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