Innovations continue at academy

Cumbernauld Academy could be said to be reaching its planned conclusion after sports pitches were finally unveiled on the £37m campus.

Pupils are now using the state-of-the art facilities at the school which is now one year old and has won awards for its sporting prowess,

Head teacher Mark Cairns said: “The synthetic pitches are outstanding and the latest technology was used in their design.

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“Just before the students came back the PE department inspected the pitches and were delighted with them.

“I had the opportunity to check them out with the constructors present and wished I were 30 years younger to be able to pull on a Cumbernauld Academy strip and represent the school on such a great surface.

“In addition to the synthetic pitches we are nurturing a natural grass pitch which should be ready for use by the end of the session.

“Having won North Lanarkshire Secondary School of the year for Sport three years in a row, who knows where these new facilities might take us!”

However there was no word on when another long-awaited facility on the site would be finished - namely the all-new Cumbernauld Theatre.

The venue was unable to provide an opening date but staff have been working behind the scenes to create a play which is being screened online as part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Scenes for Survival programme.

Called ‘Future Perfect (Tense)’ the play has been penned by Nicola McCartney and directed by Eve Nicol.

For further details, visit the NTS website: