Taylor High School (New Stevenston)
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|Taylor High School|
Que Tout Soit Pour Dieu
|Carfin Street, New Stevenston
Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, ML1 4JP
|Type||Comprehensive Secondary School|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Authority||North Lanarkshire Council|
|Headteacher||Mr G. McCormick|
|Staff||58 FTE (as of August 2013)|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Enrollment||737 (as of September 2012)|
|Houses||St. John Ogilvie, St. Margaret, St. Columba, St. Andrew, St. Kentigern & St. Ninian.|
Taylor High School is a six-year Roman Catholic comprehensive secondary school in New Stevenston, Motherwell, Scotland. It is named after Monsignor Thomas Nimmo Taylor who was Parish Priest at St. Francis Xavier Church, Carfin for almost 50 years and who was responsible for the development of the Carfin Lourdes Grotto in 1922.
Senior Management Team
The Headteacher is Mr. G. McCormick, who is assisted by his Depute Headteachers: Ms. N. Daley (S3 & S4) and Mrs. L. McGraw (S5 & S6). A Depute Headteacher for S1 & S2 has not yet been announced.
Taylor High School has a teaching staff complement of approximately 58 FTE. There are 14 Principal Teachers (Curriculum) and 7 Principal Teachers (Pupil Support). Mrs A. Robertson acts as Principal Teacher of Support for Learning and Teaching and Mrs H. Hughes acts as Principal Teacher of Behavioural Support. A Principal Teacher of Enterprise is yet to be appointed. The Pupil Support department operates a horizontal system of pastoral care.
|Art and Design||TBC|
|Business & Computing||Mr D. Lewis|
|Chemistry||Mrs C. Brown|
|English||Mrs M.J Burton|
|Home Economics||Mr S. Russell|
|Mathematics||Mr M. Dorris|
|Modern Languages||Mrs L. Kerr|
|Music||Ms F. Cannon|
|Physical Education||Miss P. Rooney|
|Religious Education||Mr M. McMahon|
|Social Subjects||Miss H. Stoutjesdyk|
|Year Group (2015/16)||Principal Teacher of Pupil Support|
|S1||Mr C. Phairs (Teacher of Physics) (TBC)|
|S2||Mr G. McQuaid (Teacher of PE)|
|S3||Mrs H. Hughes (Teacher of Art and Design)|
|S4||Miss S. Evans (Teacher of Music)|
Catchment and Facilities
Pupils attend the school from New Stevenston (NS), Carfin, Holytown, Newarthill, Cleland and the Jerviston area of Motherwell. The school achieved School of Ambition status in 2007 with a focus on Technology. It received additional Government funding from 2007–2010 and has developed the use of technology in learning across the curriculum through the innovative use of Information and Communications Technology including hand held devices such as iPods, iPads and netbooks. During the 2007-2010 update of the school, an extremely large, spacious playing field was installed on school grounds and is used very regularly by the P.E department for a wide variety of sports, such as: baseball, football and hockey. As well as this, the school also has very large running fields, often used for athletics.
In 2010-11, further upgrades to the school took place. These include the installation of a recording studio within the Music Department, a Design Studio in the Technical Department which is also used by the Art department and it makes use of dual boot iMacs, a multi-purpose room and a Nurture Room. A hairdressing salon was also been installed for those opting for the 'Hairy and Beauty' course. The school also has a lift and extensive facilities for the disabled.
Taylor High School has associated primary schools of Christ the King in Holytown, Our Lady & St Francis in Carfin, St Mary’s in Cleland, St Patrick’s in New Stevenston and St Teresa’s in Newarthill.
The school uniform consists of: a wine coloured blazer (should be braided with gold S4-S6); grey or black skirt/trousers; a Taylor High School tie, which is Wine, Gold and Silver (S1-S3), the senior phase tie (S4-S6) is wine and includes a badge image on it. Appropriate footwear, also. More detailed information and retailers stocking the Taylor High School uniform can be found on the school website.
The school's most recent HMI inspection report was published in March 2011. The outcome of the inspection was very good in a wide range of important areas including the structure of the school’s curriculum, the quality of learning and teaching, support for pupils, ethos, management and community links. The use of technology was highlighted as a strength. The report is available on the HMIe website at www.hmie.gov.uk.
Visit of Pope Benedict XVI
On 16 September 2010 the Fourth Year Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of its Principal Teacher of Music Fiona Cannon, was chosen to sing the Gathering Hymn before the Mass celebrated by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow. A video of this performance was released by the school part of which was broadcast on Scottish Television News on 15 September 2010. On 16 September 2011, the school provided the musical liturgy for the Motherwell Diocese Papal Visit Anniversary Mass, once again under the direction of Fiona Cannon accompanied by John Pitcathley, musical director for Motherwell Diocese. The school also provided a permanent record of the Mass for all schools in the diocese through its Taylor TV film unit.
Proposed and Cancelled Amalgamation 2014
In March 2014, North Lanarkshire Council proposed plans to merge Taylor High with Our Lady's High School in Motherwell to form one new school - which was to be built in the Ravenscraig area. However, after speculations that the land in which the new school would be built was unsafe, parents and pupils of the schools protested against it. In September 2014, North Lanarkshire Council members announced the amalgamation would not go ahead and both schools would remain.