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North Lanarkshire Council may ditch school merger plan

North Lanarkshire Council looks set to drop controversial plans to merge three high schools after its ruling Labour group came out against the proposal.

Under the plan, a new Catholic secondary school for Motherwell would have been created by merging Our Lady's High School and Taylor High School.

Bothwellpark High School, currently in a joint campus with Our Lady's, was included in the proposal.

The issue will now be considered by the full council.

Labour group leader, Councillor Jim McCabe, said: "The Labour administration has listened to the people and their overwhelming response to this merger proposal."

'Unnecessary interference'

He added: "Having considered the consultation reports and the advice from officers, we are not satisfied that there are any educational benefits to be gained through this proposal and we therefore won't be continuing with it."

"We will also be referring the matter of secondary school provision in the Motherwell district to the Schools and Centres 21 Committee and instruct them to engage in a comprehensive study of the school estate.

"Despite unnecessary interference and condemnation without consultation from parliamentarians and members of the clergy, this is a properly-considered decision taken by the Labour Group."

Mr McCabe said the issue would be considered by the learning and leisure services committee and a meeting of the full council.

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