St Maurice's High School is a Roman Catholic High School in the new town of Cumbernauld. The catchment area serves the west side of Cumbernauld, Condorrat, Eastfield, Croy, Kilsyth and Moodiesburn. We also have young people from Glasgow, Chryston, Muirhead, Balloch, Abronhill, Carrickston and, Westerwood where parents have chosen to send their children to St. Maurice’s rather than other schools.
The name of St Maurice was chosen since he is the patron saint of the town of Bron in France, the "twin-town" for Cumbernauld.
Our Vision and Values
We aspire to be :
A Catholic Christian inclusive school community in which Gospel values such as love, wisdom, justice, compassion, integrity, responsibility and tolerance permeate all that we do. It is a school which meets the needs of all pupils by providing a pathway for every pupil to achieve their potential through an inspiring environment, the provision of excellent learning and teaching and an ethos of hard work. It is a community in which everyone – staff, pupils, parents and others associated with the school – works in partnership to provide an education of the highest quality for all our pupils.
Saint Maurice’s is building a reputation as a school with very good academic results which also addresses broad achievement and has outstanding sports and out of class learning opportunities. North Lanarkshire records show that St. Maurice’s sent more pupils to University in 2009 than any other school in North Lanarkshire. Saint Maurice’s status as a Sports Comprehensive allows unequalled opportunities for Sports and Leisure with excellent in-house coaching and superb links to community clubs to allow for future progression. All sports are encouraged and high levels of participation for all pupils are a target, but we also have an emerging group of elite athletes and sports men and women. We have current internationals in Basketball, Athletics and Triathlon, Football, Tae Kwon Do,
Handball, Trampoline and Pool and pupils performing at County level in all these sports plus Rugby.
Standards of uniform are very high and pupils show pride in their membership of this school community by wearing school uniform including the school blazer. Pupil welfare is a priority and there are excellent links with partner Primary Schools which allow for very good transition arrangements. Pupil behaviour is very good and the school enjoys an excellent reputation in the community.
These transition arrangements are allowing for very good preparation for Curriculum for Excellence. Teachers in Saint Maurice’s are embracing Curriculum for Excellence by reviewing and updating their skills and building links between subject areas to allow for more cross-curricular and interdisciplinary learning.
We have Fair Trade status and expect to achieve our first Eco Green Flag and a Gold Standard Health promotion award in 2010.
History of the Building
The main building was opened in 1975 and an extension building was opened in 1981 to cope with the rising roll. Phase one of the school which came into use in August 1976, contains the school Administrative Offices, teaching rooms, Assembly Hall, Dining Room, and staff accommodation at ground level with two landscaped internal courtyards. Above this is a two-storey block for Science, Home Economics, Business Studies and Religious Education. A separate block, to which access is gained directly from the main block, houses the Gym, Drama studio, Swimming Pool, Games Hall and changing rooms. Phase two was completed in August 1981, containing additional classrooms, staff-room and offices, including a Conference Room and an "open-plan" Art department. Apart from the buildings themselves the site has
two Football pitches, a hockey pitch, and a grass rugby/football pitch. Car parking is provided all around the school. A lift, ramps and specially designed toilet accommodation have been provided to make possible the admission to the school of students with additional support needs, including those with wheel chairs
Most of the extension building was destroyed by fire in 2003 so this part of the school was rebuilt and refurbished in 2004. The jewel in the crown, as a Sports Comprehensive, is the state of the art Sports Hall which was opened in 2006; possibly the best school facility in the country.
It is most important that pupils do not confine their energies to the classroom. They are encouraged to join school clubs, take part in educational visits, make full use of the school library, and enjoy a full list of sporting activities, including school football teams; five-a-side competitions; girls football; badminton; basketball; skiing and snowboarding; professional golf lessons; swimming; gymnastic club; cinema, theatre and concert trips; school trips at home and abroad; debating; school band and choir; quiz teams and book clubs. North Lanarkshire also organises for a number of pupils to go on an Outward Bound course each year at Loch Eil, Fort William. In the past year trips have left Saint Maurice’s for Malawi, skiing in the French Alps, an exchange to Italy. In 2010-11, the same is
planned plus a trip to Washington and New York and a football trip to Sevilla.
Out of School Learning Activities
Over the past few years Out of School Learning Activities have expanded considerably in St Maurice's. As well as traditional exam revision and supported study offered in the second term, St Maurice's offers a large number of activities designed to raise achievement and self esteem. We strive to encourage lifelong learning and citizenship. We currently offer a summer school, a programme for new S1 entrants designed to aid transition to the secondary school where pupils are encouraged to get to know their staff and fellow pupils and become familiar with the school surroundings before the session starts. Team building skills are encouraged and pupils take part in a number of outdoor activities at Strathclyde Country Park. S1 and S2 lunchtime reading club is also available to promote reading and literacy in
S1 and S2 through personal reading, discussion and writing about novels of pupils' choice. Senior School students mentor younger pupils as “Buddies” and we have a thriving youth St. Vincent de Paul Group which does fantastic work. Senior pupils in the Enterprise Group take responsibility for organising a variety of activities and social events for younger pupils. As a Catholic School, our commitment to values such as love, charity, and respect is shown in the myriad of charitable fund-raising which goes on in Saint Maurice’s in a year.
St Maurice's sees itself as a focal point of the local community. It is therefore, a priority of the school to develop and strengthen links with the local community. These links include working together with industry, Glencryan School, local interest groups etc. Community involvement of our pupils is encouraged. The school building itself is a fully used resource for the social and educational activity in the locality.