New campus in Cumnock honours local communities and Scotland’s National Bard

East Ayrshire Council’s Cabinet has today (Wednesday 24 January 2018) named the new multi-million pound state of the art educational development at Cumnock as The Barony Campus.

The name, agreed with cross-party support, recognises the heritage of hard work, togetherness, community spirit, pride and respect ­- hallmarks of the mining history in that area.

And, just a day before the Bard’s 259th birthday, the new secondary school to be located on the campus will be called The Robert Burns Academy – a name recognised across the world – that encompasses intelligence, charisma, creativity, effort and achievement.

During Burns’ life in Mauchline he wrote about – and travelled to – the towns and villages the pupils who will go to the new school will come from.

The Barony Campus will also incorporate the new:

Cherry Trees Early Childhood Centre – a name reflecting the cherry trees which were a feature of the former St Conval’s High School and intended to conjure thoughts of young lives, springtime and hope

Lochnorris Primary School – a name recognising James Keir Hardie who championed equality in an age when that was not a popular theme.

Lochnorris was the name he gave the house he built in Cumnock, which still stands just next to the new Barony Campus. Lochnorris was the original name for Dumfries Estate until 1635 when it was bought by the 2nd Earl of Dumfries.

The name connects the wide variety of learning opportunities that the estate offers our young people today.

Hillside School will also be locating to The Barony Campus and will retain its present name.

The new names were revealed by excited pupils from local schools, who had been invited to the Cabinet meeting.

Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council said: “I am delighted to welcome pupils from the schools to the Council today for this historic occasion, as we formally name the schools they will be attending for the majority of their future education.

“We wanted the new campus and the new schools locating there to have a strong link and resonance with pupils, parents, staff and the communities who will use it, so significant consultation, asking for suggestions and ideas on possible names was critical.

“The response was absolutely fantastic and the names chosen today from those submissions are a perfect and symbolic reflection of the local area.

“The Barony Campus is the most exciting learning environment ever built in Scotland and I know it will be a stunning educational and community facility serving our pupils, and local people, for generations to come.”

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