Parents, staff and pupils have decided to honour the late Cardinal Thomas Winning by voting to call their newly merged Glasgow school – Cardinal Winning Secondary. A special ballot was held following the merger of St Aidan’s and St Joan of Arc secondary schools, for young people with additional support needs. The school in Tollcross is the first in Scotland to honour the former Archbishop of Glasgow who died in 2001.
Bailie Jean McFadden, Executive Member for education, said: “I’m delighted the parents, staff and young people at the newly-merged school have decided to honour the late Cardinal Winning in this way. The people of Glasgow have many fond memories of him and he will be remembered daily by pupils and staff for many years to come.”
Archbishop Mario Conti, Cardinal Winning’s successor as archbishop of Glasgow, said: “In this 10th anniversary year since the death of Cardinal Winning it is very fitting that his name should be recalled in the new school. The cause of Catholic education was very dear to him, and he had a special place in his heart for children with special needs.
“I am delighted that future generations will recall his enormous contribution to education in Glasgow through the naming of the new school in his honour.”