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Shared campus court action lifted
Joint Faith Campus
The church said it was concerned about children's education
North Lanarkshire Council and the Roman Catholic Church have reached an agreement to go ahead with five joint campus primary schools.

The church has now withdrawn a petition to the courts calling for a judicial review of the situation.

It follows a series of meetings between the council and the Diocese of Motherwell over the plans.

A number of design changes have been agreed, including separate entrances for Catholic and non-Catholic pupils.

Staff rooms for teachers in the Roman Catholic schools will also be moved into the teaching areas, in response to concerns raised by the church.

SHARED CAMPUS AGREEMENT
Glenboig Primary and Our Lady and St Joseph's Primary
Glengowan Primary and St Mary's Primary
Plains Primary and St David's Primary
New Stevenston Primary and St Patrick's Primary
Wishaw Academy Primary and St Ignatius' Primary
Councillor Jim McCabe, leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: "This is a significant development for everyone involved and reflects the wishes of both the council and the diocese in working together to deliver improved educational and community facilities for communities throughout North Lanarkshire.

"The Diocese has agreed on the operation of single public entrances at each of these sites, with pupil entrances remaining separate for each individual school."

He added: "In response to concerns raised by the church, we have agreed to move the staff rooms for teachers in the Roman Catholic schools into the teaching area of each school.

"This will have a marginal impact on costs in relation to the building works, but what is important here is that we have an end product that we are all agreed on."

I am delighted that the benefits of Catholic education will continue to be made available across North Lanarkshire
Bishop Joseph Devine
Commenting on behalf of the Diocese of Motherwell, Bishop Joseph Devine said: "With agreement now on the appropriate use of iconography, on the provision of appropriately designed public entrances, on the provision of staffrooms in each school area, and on the provision of appropriate library resources, I am pleased that the revised designs will allow each school to develop its own ethos, within a spirit of mutual respect and partnership.

"The distinctive nature and academic successes of Catholic education have long been recognised by school inspectors, government ministers and parents.

"I am delighted that the benefits of Catholic education will continue to be made available across North Lanarkshire."

Discussions on two other shared campus schools are continuing.

The Bishop added: "Lastly, I hope that the continuing discussions about school provision in Bargeddie and Chapelhall will soon reach a positive outcome."


SEE ALSO:
Court fight over schools shake-up
13 Oct 04 |  Scotland
Church examining schools decision
15 Sep 04 |  Scotland
Church blocks shared campus plans
22 Jul 04 |  Scotland
Church deadline in campus row
26 Jan 04 |  Scotland
Council dampens campus fears
22 Jan 04 |  Scotland


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