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Collocated mainstream and ASN schools; mixed mainstream and ASN curriculum

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To ask North Lanarkshire Council:

(a) to list the sites it operates at which an Additional Support Needs (ASN) or similar High School designed for pupils with disabilities is collocated with a mainstream High School;

(b) in each case identified at (a) above:
(i) when the schools were opened,
(ii) what are the current rolls of the schools concerned, and
(iii) what was the reason for building them on the same site;

(c) for each site identified at (a) above, and in each of the academic years 2021/2, 2022/3 and 2023/4 to date, how many pupils:
(i) were or are on the roll of the ASN school and attend or attended teaching in the collocated mainstream school for one or more subjects; and
(ii) were or are on the roll of the mainstream school and attend or attended teaching in the collocated ASN school for one or more subjects; and

(d) how many requests by parents or pupils for arrangements similar to those mentioned at (c) (i) or (ii) above have been:
(i) made to the Authority or to either school; and of these
(ii) refused.

Jacqueline Keachie, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Sir/Madam

I acknowledge receipt of your email which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours faithfully.

Jacqueline Keachie
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Contact by email

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Neil McKay, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr. Bucknall

 

Request for Information

 

I refer to your email of 11 October 2023 seeking information in relation
to schools.

 

Having investigated, my response to your queries referenced (a) to (d) is
as follows: -

 

(a)

 

Buchanan High School co-located with St Ambrose High School (Pentland
Primary also on the same campus)

Bothwellpark High School co-located with Our Lady's High School,
Motherwell

Willowbank School co-located with St Margaret's High School

 

Please note that while the schools listed above occupy the same campus,
they are legally separate schools.

 

(b)(i)

 

Buchanan and St Ambrose both opened in 2012.  Our Lady’s High School
opened in its current campus in 1974. Bothwellpark High School moved to
the shared campus with our Lady's High School in 1997.  St Margaret’s High
School opened in it’s current campus in 1974. Willowbank relocated to St
Margaret’s High School in 2020.

 

(b)(ii)

 

Buchanan - 144

St Ambrose - 1465

Bothwellpark  - 63

Our Lady's High School, Motherwell  - 852

Willowbank School - 31

St Margaret's High School - 1128

 

(b)(iii) 

 

Willowbank historically operated over two campuses; the main site in
Coatbridge, which closed in August 2018 due to structural damage to the
roof and an annexe at Cardinal Newman High School, Bellshill. Both
campuses were no longer fit for the purpose of providing educational
services.  The poor quality of the learning and teaching environments were
highlighted in Education Scotland inspection reports as presenting
significant barriers to delivering a rich and diverse school based
curriculum. Facilities in St Margaret’s High School were more fit for
purpose and following a consultation process outlining the educational
benefits, it was agreed to relocate Willowbank to St Margaret’s High
School from April 2020.

 

Buchanan High School – As part of the school’s upgrade programme in 2010,
Drumpark School was identified as a new build, co-located with primaries
and secondaries.  This co-location formed part of the plans for the
relocation of St Ambrose High School & Drumpark ASN Secondary School.

 

(c) & (d)

 

I regret to advise that the information sought in these parts of your
request is not held and in terms of Section 17 of the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002, I must advise you of this.

 

I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the
provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested
information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that
request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision
by writing to the Chief Officer of Legal and Democratic, Civic Centre,
Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB.  Accordingly, if you are
dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write to the
Chief Officer of Legal and Democratic.

 

I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who
is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section
21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local
authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice -
may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the
request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt
with in accordance with the Act.  Such an application must be made within
six months of the review decision and be in writing or in another form
which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for
subsequent reference. The application must state the name of the applicant
and provide an address for correspondence. The application must also
specify the request for information to which the requirement for review
relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction
with the original decision of the local authority and the matter which
gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the decision on review
by the local authority or the failure of the local authority to issue such
a decision.  The Scottish Information Commissioner can be contacted as
follows:-

 

Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St. Andrews

KY16 9DS

email: [1][email address]

 

Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online
via the following link: -

 

[2]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

 

I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose.  If, however, you
require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please
let me know.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Neil McKay

Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

North Lanarkshire Council

Legal and Democratic

Please contact by email

 

 

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