news-2


Diocese of Motherwell expresses ‘significant concerns” over North Lanarkshire’s schools proposals

2 May 2014

Diocese of Motherwell expresses ˜significant concerns over North Lanarkshire s schools proposals

In an extensive submission to North Lanarkshire Council s recent consultation on school provision, the newly appointed Bishop of Motherwell, Bishop Joseph Toal, has raised significant concerns about the Council s commitment to provide Catholic schooling and promised to stand together with the Catholic community in opposing proposals which would dramatically reduce the number of Catholic schools in the diocese.

In a letter to the Council which accompanies a lengthy submission delivered to the Chief Executive today (Friday, 2 May 2014), Bishop Toal says that proposals to alter the school estate provision have been carefully considered, together with the consequences that these might have for the pupils, teachers, families and communities involved . The Bishop adds: In the past few weeks the Diocese has met representatives from schools, parishes and the local communities and I have listened to their views on the matter. The formal response from the Diocese of Motherwell then lists a series of significant concerns about what some of these proposals might suggest about the Council s commitment to provide Catholic schooling on an equitable basis within this Diocese.

The submission points out that at public meetings NLC officers claimed that larger secondary schools are necessary to ensure adequate curriculum provision.   Yet, they are content to have non-denominational schools with rolls as small as 414 in one case and fewer than 700 in 4 other cases.  Across the authority Catholic secondary school rolls would be on average one third larger than non-denominational schools.   This is highlighted by the Diocese, as inequitable treatment of pupils attending Catholic schools.

In asking for   a reconsideration of their proposals, the Bishop assures the council, that the Diocese will always be keen to work in partnership with the Council to ensure the best provision of services to the community.

ENDS

Peter Kearney

Director

Catholic Media Office

5 St. Vincent Place

Glasgow

G1 2DH

0141 221 1168

07968 122291

mail@scmo.org

www.scmo.org

 

Notes to Editors:

1. Bishop Toal, was appointed by Pope Francis on Tuesday 29 April 2014 as Bishop of Motherwell;  he has been Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Motherwell which has been vacant since 31 May 2013.

2.The Diocese opposes three proposals:

I - Shared Campus involving St Stephen s Primary School, Coatbridge

·  The Diocese is opposed to NLC s determination to push shared campus schools at every turn.   At this rate only 0.8% of Catholic schools in NLC would be discrete building as opposed to 26% non-denom. schools.

II - Shared campus in Airdrie involving the merger of St Dominic s Primary School & St Edward s Primary School and a non-denominational school.  

·  Diocese was told that this was intended as a merger of 2 Catholic schools and then the Education Convenor announced at committee that a non-denom. school would be added to make it a shared campus.

·  There are safety concerns about proposed site for a campus which would have a combined roll of 900 pupils.  

·Diocese can see argument for 2 merged schools but not for shared campus.

III - Merger of Taylor HS and Our Lady s HS in Motherwell on Ravenscraig site.

·  Figures show inequitable provision. NLC insists that large secondary schools are necessary to provide for curriculum but are content that some non-denominational schools are significantly smaller than Catholic schools.   This suggests that non-denominational secondary school provision is being resourced more than Catholic provision. Proposal would leave 3 Catholic secondary schools serving the areas of Bellshill, Motherwell and Wishaw with an average roll of 1230 pupils.   Within the same geographical area there are 7 non denominational schools with an average school roll of 670.

·  Concerns about Council neglect of rural communities in determination to provide large schools (primary & secondary)

· Very strong concerns have been expressed by parents and others over the proposed location of a school on a contaminated site which will be built to accommodate up to 2150 pupils.   This is a matter of grave concern to parents, pupils, the local community and one which the Diocese shares.   These concerns need to be fully investigated.

3. It is the policy of the Diocese of Motherwell to support all the Catholic schools which operate within the boundaries of the Diocese.   These Catholic schools have a proven record of serving their local communities and meeting the educational, social and pastoral needs of children and young people. The Diocese supports the building and re-development of Catholic schools in discrete buildings where the head teacher is able to manage and operate all aspects of the daily routine of the Catholic school without compromise to ethos, identity and practice.  

4. It is clear that, as a result of school planning decisions taken over the last ten years in defiance of the wishes of the Diocese of Motherwell, there are significant concerns about the Council s commitment to support Catholic education appropriately.   The Catholic community fears that it is suffering from discrimination due to the Council s determination to impose shared campus schools in every instance where a Catholic primary school comes under review.  

5. Compared to some other Councils, North Lanarkshire Council appears to favour the development of very large primary schools at the expense of smaller schools set in local rural communities.   Moreover, the Catholic community is seriously concerned by the Council s failure to re-build or refurbish Catholic secondary schools on an equitable basis with non-denominational schools, requiring Catholic secondary schools to have much larger rolls than non-denominational secondary schools.  

The Council has built only one discrete Catholic primary school in the past ten years - in Viewpark. This policy in unique in Scotland among all 29 Councils where Catholic schools are provided.

6. If North Lanarkshire Council persists with its policy of building shared campus schools on each occasion where a Catholic school is due to be rebuilt or refurbished, it will result in approximately 26% of non-denominational primary school provision being located in discrete school building, compared with only 0.8% of Catholic primary schools being available as discrete schools.   This would clearly demonstrate a grossly inequitable provision of Catholic schools when compared with non-denominational school provision.  The trend to systematically remove discrete Catholic schools but to continue to build and refurbish stand-alone non denominational schools suggests indirect discrimination by the Council towards the Catholic community.

7. The Diocese recognises that, at times of financial constraint, it is necessary for Councils to ensure the best use of resources.   It acknowledges that, in those cases where the number of Catholic children would not justify a stand-alone Catholic school, shared campus Catholic school provision is preferable to no Catholic school provision being available locally.   But the Diocese expects such provision to be the exception rather than the norm. Shared campus schools are not an aspiration of the Church and we question the assertion that they are of educational benefit to either school community involved. Shared campus schools serve economic constraints, not educational benefits.

Subscribe to Updates

Subscribe to:
Like   Back to Top   Seen 188 times   Liked 0 times

Subscribe to Updates

If you enjoyed this, why not subscribe to free email updates ?

Subscribe to News updates

Enter your email address to be notified of new posts:

Subscribe to:

Alternatively, you can subscribe via RSS RSS

‹ Return to News

We never share or sell your email address to anyone.

I've already subscribed / don't show me this again

Recent Posts

Statement from Bishop Stephen Robson on the death of Bishop Vincent Logan

| 4 days ago | Blogging

14 January 2021    Following the death of Bishop Emeritus Vincent Logan, the current Bishop of Dunkeld, Bishop Stephen Robson, has issued the following statement:    My Dear People   It is with deep regret that I must share with you the sad news that Bishop Vincent, Emeritus Bishop of this Diocese, has died.  Bishop Vincent was 79.    Vincent Logan was Bishop of the diocese of Dunkeld for almost 32 years before his retirement on June 30th, 2012.  He was appointed to Dunkeld by Saint John Paul II and consecrated Bishop by Cardinal Gordon Joseph Gray on 26th February 1981.  Sadly his retirement years, from 2012 to the present were affected by a good deal of ill health which affected his mobility. He died earlier this morning, 14th January 2021, the day after his good friend Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow alongside whom he served on the Bishops Conference of Scotland. Both bishops succumbed to the lethal effects of the Coronavirus.    Bishop Vincent is survived by one remaining brother, James, and by two nephews Vincent and James, to whom our condolences are offered.  His faithful PA, Press Officer and friend of 40 years, Elaine Harrison, has cared for him in an exemplary manner especially over the years of his retirement.  Though devastated by his death, Elaine is happy that Bishop Vincent is now at peace with the Good Lord.   Bishop Vincent Logan was born in Bathgate, West Lothian, on 30th June 1941. After education in St Mary’s Academy, Bathgate, St Mary’s College, Blairs and St Andrew’s College, Drygrange,  Vincent was ordained priest by Cardinal Gray in Edinburgh on 14th March 1964. Following on from a number of diocesan appointments as assistant priest in Edinburgh, and further studies in catechetics in Corpus Christi College London, Vincent was appointed, Diocesan Advisor in RE, Director of the RE Office in the Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh, and finally Vicar Episcopal for Education in the Archdiocese from 1977-1981. His final parochial appointment in the Archdiocese was as Parish Priest of St Mary’s, Ratho, from 1977-1981. Following on from his consecration as Bishop of Dunkeld on 26th February 1981, he served for 32 very energetic and innovative years both in the Diocese and in the Bishops Conference. His work was greatly appreciated at all times.    Much can be said about Bishop Vincent’s achievements, but these can wait for a more leisurely time once the pandemic dangers have passed and we can Celebrate Bishop Vincent’s Requiem Mass more appropriately. The funeral arrangements are as yet unknown, but the Mass and burial will be recorded and streamed, so that all who have access to the internet will be able to participate.   With every blessing to you all and a request for prayers for Bishop Vincent.   + Stephen Robson Bishop of Dunkeld   ENDS    Peter Kearney Director Catholic Media Office 0141 221 116807968 122291 pk@scmo.org www.scmo.org                     Note to Editors:   An image of Bishop Logan is available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/139632090@N07/50833807603/in/album-72157717885467253/  ...

Scotland’s Bishops mourn the death of Bishop Emeritus Vincent Logan 

| 4 days ago | Blogging

14 January 2021    Scotland’s Bishops mourn the death of Bishop Emeritus Vincent Logan    Following the death today (14 January 2021) of Bishop Emeritus Vincent Logan, the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert has issued the following statement:    “It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Vincent Logan, the retired bishop of Dunkeld. The bishops of Scotland offer our deep condolences and the promise of our prayers to Bishop Stephen Robson and all the clergy and people of the Diocese of Dunkeld as they remember Bishop Vincent.    Coming only a day after the death in Glasgow of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia marks this week as one of loss and mourning for the Catholic church in Scotland.    Bishop Vincent Logan was dedicated and energetic. His episcopal ordination in 1981 at the age of 39 made him one of the youngest bishops in the world and gave him an energy and zeal in all he did. His commitment to Catholic Education was well known and his robust defence of it will be long remembered.    On behalf of the Bishops of Scotland, we commend his soul into the hands of God and pray that he may enjoy eternal rest.”    ENDS    Peter Kearney Director Catholic Media Office 0141 221 116807968 122291 pk@scmo.org www.scmo.org                      Note to Editors:   An image of Bishop Logan is available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/139632090@N07/50833807603/in/album-72157717885467253/   Biography: Rt. Rev. Vincent Logan: Born Bathgate 30 June 1941, Educated, St. Mary’s Academy, Bathgate, St. Mary’s College Blairs, Aberdeen, St. Andrew’s College, Drygrange. Ordained priest Edinburgh 14 March 1964. Diploma in religious Education, Corpus Christi College London 1966-67. Ordained Bishop of Dunkeld, by Cardinal Gordon gray 26 February 1981. Resugned 30 June 2012. Died 14 Jan 2021 aged 79.   Change email address / Leave mailing list Powered by YMLP...

Scotland’s Catholic Bishops mourn the death of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

| 5 days ago | Blogging

13 January 2021   Scotland’s Catholic Bishops mourn the death of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia   Following the death of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert has issued the following statement:   “It is with the deepest sadness that we have learned today on the Feast of St. Kentigern (Mungo) of the death of our brother bishop and friend Philip Tartaglia. His loss to his family, his clergy and the people of the Archdiocese of Glasgow will be immeasurable but for the entire Church in Scotland this is a day of immense loss and sadness.   He was a gentle, caring and warm-hearted pastor who combined compassion with a piercing intellect. His contribution to the work of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland over the past sixteen years was significant and we will miss his wisdom, wit and robust Catholic spirit very much.   On behalf of the Bishops of Scotland, we commend his soul into the hands of God and pray that he may enjoy eternal rest.”   ENDS   Peter Kearney Director Catholic Media Office 0141 221 116807968 122291 pk@scmo.org www.scmo.org                     Note to Editors:   An image of Archbishop Tartaglia is available here:   https://www.flickr.com/photos/139632090@N07/25510264473/in/album-72157666531058155/   Biography:   Philip Tartaglia was born at Glasgow on 11th January 1951. He is the eldest son of Guido and Annita Tartaglia and had three brothers and five sisters. After his primary schooling at St. Thomas’, Riddrie, he began his secondary education at St. Mungo’s Academy, Glasgow, before moving to the national junior seminary at St. Vincent’s College, Langbank and, later, St. Mary’s College, Blairs, Aberdeen. His ecclesiastical studies were completed at the Pontifical Scots College, and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.  He was ordained Priest by then-Archbishop Thomas Winning in the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Dennistoun on 30th June 1975. He then returned to Rome to study for his Doctorate in Sacred Theology.   On completing his Doctorate in 1980, he was appointed assistant priest at Our Lady of Lourdes, Cardonald, while at the same time becoming visiting lecturer at St. Peter’s College, Newlands, Glasgow.  A year later, he was appointed Lecturer at St. Peter’s College, Newlands, becoming Director of Studies in 1983. When Chesters College, Bearsden, opened in 1985 he was made Vice-Rector. In 1987 he was appointed Rector.  He served as Rector until 1993 when he was appointed to St. Patrick’s, Dumbarton, as Assistant Priest before being appointed Parish Priest of St. Mary’s, Duntocher in 1995. In 2004, the Bishops’ Conference appointed him Rector of the Pontifical Scots College, Rome.  On 13th September 2005, Pope Benedict XVI nominated him Bishop of Paisley. On 20 November 2005, he was ordained Bishop in St Mirin's Cathedral by Archbishop Mario Conti who he was to succeed as Archbishop of Glasgow  On 24th July 2012, Bishop Tartaglia was appointed Archbishop of Glasgow and was installed at St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow, on Saturday 8th September 2012, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  He died on January 13 2021, the Feast of St Mungo, the Patron Saint of Glasgow.       ...

Death of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

| 5 days ago | Blogging

13 January 2021   The following statement has been issued by the Archdiocese of Glasgow:   The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, has died suddenly at his home in Glasgow. He was 70 years old.    Archbishop Tartaglia, who had served as Archbishop of Glasgow since 2012, had tested positive for COVID 19 shortly after Christmas and was self-isolating at home.  The cause of death is not yet clear.    The Archbishop had served as leader of Scotland’s largest Catholic community since 2012.  The Pope’s Ambassador to Great Britain, Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti has been informed.  It will be for Pope Francis to appoint a new Archbishop to succeed Archbishop Tartaglia, but until then the Archdiocese will be overseen by an administrator.    Further information will be released as and when it becomes available.    ENDS   Note to Editors:   For further information contact: Ronnie Convery, Director of Communication, Archdiocese of Glasgow: 07735 224789 ronnie.convery@rcag.org.uk     Biographical notes:   Philip Tartaglia was born at Glasgow on 11th January 1951. He is the eldest son of Guido and Annita Tartaglia and had three brothers and five sisters. After his primary schooling at St. Thomas’, Riddrie, he began his secondary education at St. Mungo’s Academy, Glasgow, before moving to the national junior seminary at St. Vincent’s College, Langbank and, later, St. Mary’s College, Blairs, Aberdeen. His ecclesiastical studies were completed at the Pontifical Scots College, and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.  He was ordained Priest by then-Archbishop Thomas Winning in the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Dennistoun on 30th June 1975. He then returned to Rome to study for his Doctorate in Sacred Theology.   On completing his Doctorate in 1980, he was appointed assistant priest at Our Lady of Lourdes, Cardonald, while at the same time becoming visiting lecturer at St. Peter’s College, Newlands, Glasgow.  A year later, he was appointed Lecturer at St. Peter’s College, Newlands, becoming Director of Studies in 1983. When Chesters College, Bearsden, opened in 1985 he was made Vice-Rector. In 1987 he was appointed Rector.  He served as Rector until 1993 when he was appointed to St. Patrick’s, Dumbarton, as Assistant Priest before being appointed Parish Priest of St. Mary’s, Duntocher in 1995. In 2004, the Bishops’ Conference appointed him Rector of the Pontifical Scots College, Rome.  On 13th September 2005, Pope Benedict XVI nominated him Bishop of Paisley. On 20 November 2005, he was ordained Bishop in St Mirin's Cathedral by Archbishop Mario Conti who he was to succeed as Archbishop of Glasgow  On 24th July 2012, Bishop Tartaglia was appointed Archbishop of Glasgow and was installed at St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow, on Saturday 8th September 2012, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  He died on January 13 2021, the Feast of St Mungo, the Patron Saint of Glasgow.     ...