A message from Headteacher, Mrs Kathleen Sinclair
Our Lady’s High School is a Six Year Catholic Comprehensive School serving Motherwell and part of Wishaw. It is dedicated to the academic and spiritual development of all our pupils. Its current accommodation dates from 1974, but its records go back to 1875 and the birth of Catholic Secondary Education in Lanarkshire. Our Lady’s High is listed as having the largest roll ever recorded by a secondary school in Scotland (2,325 in August 1977). Since that time, construction of other schools, population changes and zoning policies have resulted in a smaller pupil intake.
There have been a number of recent improvements in the building - ICT in all classroom and teaching areas. All have projectors and a large number have interactive whiteboards. Four of the science labs gave been upgraded. There are plans to upgrade the dining facilities and provide the young people with an appropriate social area.
The school is bright and well appointed and wall displays are well used by the staff and pupils.
The primary schools associated with Our Lady’s High School are St. Bernadette’s, St. Brendan’s and Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral (shared with Taylor High School). As a result of placing requests, several pupils from other primary schools have enrolled.
The current roll is comfortably accommodated in the building, which has a capacity of 1200 pupils. The landscaped grounds, playing fields and surrounding woodlands create a very pleasant environment.
Since Easter 1997, Our Lady’s has shared its accommodation with Bothwellpark High School. Bothwellpark currently caters for 25 pupils with a wide range of special needs. Both schools seek to encourage as far as possible physical, social and curricular integration.
We are proud of the ethos within our school, in particular the quality of the relationships among all its members. As a Catholic Community, we are guided in all that we say and do by the Gospel Values.
The Chaplain, Father Martin Delaney, is based in Our Lady’s High School two days each week. On both of those days he offers Mass for pupils and staff in the school’s Memorial Chapel. He is assisted in his work by an active school Chaplaincy Team which includes senior pupils.
The school provides two periods of RE per week to all pupils. The Scottish Catholic Education Service has worked with all Catholic School to provide excellent teaching materials – Called to Love was introduced a several years ago. Most recently ‘This is Our Faith ’was launched to support the delivery of RE in the light of Curriculum for Excellence.
We are committed to ensuring that all of our pupils leave here having experienced high quality teaching and benefiting from a wide range of experiences to assist in the development of their Faith as well as ensuring that they become responsible Citizens.
We place the highest importance on the partnership we enjoy with our parents and carers and welcome at all times the opportunity to meet and discuss with our partners all aspects of our school and the welfare of their children.
I hope that you find the information within the website useful and I look forward to working with your children over a number of years.