New ASN school to be called Lockhart Campus
Posted on 30 Jun 2020
Councillors today (Tuesday, 30 June) confirmed that the new £20 million Additional Support Needs School will be called Lockhart Campus.
Elected members made the decision at a virtual meeting of Cabinet as they agreed to name the new facility after the founder of Stevenston – Stephen Lockhart.
It was one of six names in the frame following extensive consultation with parents, teachers and other stakeholders.
The new ASN school – situated next to Auchenharvie Academy - brings the pupils of Haysholm, Stanecastle, James Reid and James MacFarlane together.
A great deal of work was put in by staff and teachers of the schools as they researched the local area and identified key landmarks, historical moments and themes for young people to consider.
The six most popular names – Arranview, Castlehill, Lockhart, Seaview, Firthview and Clydeview - were shared with the whole school community and a wider consultation took place.
Castlehill received the most votes but it was felt that it, along with some of the other names, clashed with other place names which could cause confusion further down the line.
Lockhart/Lockheart was the second most popular name and resonated with the elected members. The name also enables pupils and families to express the name in sign language. The Parent Council expressed a preference for the traditional version of the spelling – Lockhart – and Cabinet members were happy to support that.
Councillor John Bell, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We are delighted that we have reached this decision. Having an appropriate and unique name was so important and we think we’ve got that now.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make and it wasn’t just a straightforward process of picking a name. All the names that were picked were really good, all would have been great choices, but Stephen Lockhart is such an important person in the town’s history we felt it was right that he was recognised. This development is going to be such a big asset to Stevenston and the wider North Ayrshire community for many years to come.
“A huge thanks to everyone involved in the process. Now we have a name we can really look forward to the new school opening.”
The new school was scheduled for completion in Winter 2020 but given COVID 19 and the resulting cessation of all construction, opening dates are currently being revised.