Cumbernauld Academy it is?

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Parents, staff and pupils involved in the amalgamation of two high schools have spoken - and they want their new education facility to be called Cumbernauld Academy.

A ballot was held asking parents, staff, secondary pupils of both Abronhill High and Cumbernauld High schools, and P7 pupils in the associated primaries to vote on their preferred name.

They were given three options including Cumbernauld Academy, Forest Glen Academy and Antonine Academy.

Cumbernauld Academy was top choice with 856 votes with Forrest Glen Academy coming in second with 553 votes.

A total of 360 votes were in favour of Antonine Academy for the name of the new school.

North Lanarkshire Council say the total number of votes cast was 1801 and there were 32 spoiled ballots.

Pupils from both schools welcomed the news as a positive step forward to creating a new school.

Scott Parker, Abronhill High School captain, said: “It’s great that we now know what the new school will be called as it gives a bit more certainty to the situation.”

Vanessa Juba, Abronhill High School Captain, added: “The most important thing is that we work together to create a bigger and better new community within Cumbernauld.”

Kyle Davidson, vice captain of Cumbernauld High School, said: “The name itself doesn’t really matter but it’s what we make of it.”

Sophie Canavagh, captain of Cumbernauld High School, said: “We all need to work together to build on the successes of both schools to create something special.”

Glenn Juba, chairman of the interim Parent Council, also spoke about the new name.

He said “I am now pleased that the school has a new identity around which a new shared ethos and new sense of community can be forged in the combining of the two schools.”

Councillor Jim Logue, added: “The ballot was among the largest ever organised. I’d like to thank everyone who took part and in particular the interim parent council for organising the ballot. We are working hard to ensure that we create a school with a strong sense of identity, one in which all pupils, parents and staff are proud to be associated with.

“There is a great deal of work taking place to ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible for August 2014. In addition, our plans for the new building to replace the former Cumbernauld High School building are progressing well.”

Councillors will now be asked to agree the result of the parental ballot and name the amalgamated school as Cumbernauld Academy at the learning and leisure services committee on 5 November.