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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-23810

Retirement of Taylor High School Head Teacher

Submitted by: Richard Lyle, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Thursday, December 24, 2020

Supported by: Maureen Watt

That the Parliament notes that Gerard McCormick, Headteacher at Taylor High School in New Stevenston, which is in the Uddingston and Bellshill constituency, has retired from North Lanarkshire Council after decades of service; acknowledges that Mr McCormick led the school for some 23 years on his retirement; understands that he was commended for strong leadership in two inspections of the school in October 2003 and February 2011, as well as leading a successful school bid to become a Technology School of Ambition from 2007 to 2010 with a £300,000 additional investment in a wide range of additional resources with a strong emphasis on developing technologies; acknowledges that he also served the local authority, not only as a headteacher, but also in the Senior Leadership Team of the council's education, youth and communities service, investing his time and passion to further initiatives, such as the Pupil Equity Fund, new-build work and a whole host of educational priorities for the council, and considers that educators such as Mr McCormick are important, not only in contributing to the positive outcomes of children and young people, but also in sharing best practice to ensure that everyone continues to learn and improve educational experiences for all.