London Road Primary School

London Road Primary School

London Road Public School

Monday 8 April 1907

London Road cripple class opened.  9 scholars were present on opening day.  Teacher in charge – Mary S. Hunter

Wednesday 10 April 1907

10 scholars present

Inside the main hall

11 scholars present

Friday 19 April 1907

13 scholars on roll

Wednesday 24 April 1907

School closed on account of visit of Prince and Princes of Wales to Glasgow.

Thursday 25 April 1907

Miss Bannatyne, School Board Member visited school.

Monday 29 April 1907

21 scholars transferred from Bridgeton Special School.  Miss Isabella Francis entered on duty in this school today.

Wednesday 5 June 1907

Miss Aitken entered on duty

Friday 14 June 1907

No fresh admissions this week.  Attendance poor on account of whooping cough and visits to Fresh Air Fortnight Homes.

Tuesday 13 August 1907

The part of this school not already occupied by the cripple children was opened today as a primary school with a staff of 8 teachers as follows; Headmaster, James D Robertson B.A., transferred from Shields Road School, Second Master Alexander Hogg, transferred from Rose Street School, Infants Mistress Ellen Pollock, transferred from Oakbank School and Assistant Maggie Telfer M.A., transferred from Anderston School

Mrs Mc Ivers Class 1965

Number of pupils enrolled is 187, 61 boys, 76 girls, 50 infants.  In addition to these, 24 of the cripple children were in attendance.

Friday 16 August 1907

The roll of the primary school now stands at 236.  The cripples who have returned number 44.

Monday 19 August 1907

Miss Janet M Gerard appointed Assistant here began today.

By direction of the School Board a class for mentally defective children was opened here today.  Miss Jessie D Hamilton, the teacher appointed to take charge, enters on duty.

October 25 1907

The school was formally opened at 8pm yesterday by Mrs Mason, member of the School Board.  Mr Allan, chairman of the School Board, presided.

Friday November 1 1907

Left school, as also did Miss Hamilton, who has charge of the mentally defective children, a little before 2 o’clock in order to attend a meeting of the association for the Care of Defective and Feeble Minded children.

Friday 20 December 1907

School closes today for the New Year holidays, a week earlier than was intended on account of the prevalence of infectious diseases.

Monday 13 January 1908

School reopened today, the holidays being extended from the 7th instant on account of the amount of infectious disease prevailing in the city.

Friday 27 March 1908

Summary of the Inspectors Report to hand, the following is a copy;

A very auspicious start has been made in this excellent new school.  Of the character of the work done it is too early to speak at this stage: it is enough to say that, despite the difficulties inseparable from the organisation of a new school, tone and discipline are excellent, and all the classes are being conducted in a manner that augurs well for the future.

The defective classes are making highly satisfactory progress.  The bodily and mental welfare of the pupils receives every attention, and the results of the instruction are remarkably good.

Staff at 31 December 1907
Jas. D. Robertson BA Certified Teacher
Alex Hogg (Second Master) Certified Teacher
Ellen Pollock (Infants Mistress) Certified Teacher
Marjorie Telfer MA (Assistant) Certified Teacher
Janet M Gerard (Assistant) Certified Teacher
Maggie R Mackay (Assistant) Certified Teacher
James Baird MA (Assistant) Certified Teacher
Barbara F Watson MA (Assistant) Certified Teacher
John Tannahill (visiting music master) Certified Teacher
Valentine Anderson Supervisor of physical exercises)
Physically Defective Classes
Mary S Hunter (Mistress)
Isabella Francis (Assistant)
Janet Aitken (Assistant)
Janet Lawson (Assistant)
Martha Francis (nurse)
Mentally Defective Classes
Jessie D Hamilton (Mistress)
Helen Frame (Assistant)

Thursday 21 May 1908

Victoria Day – School closed.

Monday 7 December 1908

The Ladies Committee in connection with the Cripple Classes met here today at 3.

Friday 18 December 1908

The report of her Majesty’s Inspector to hand, the following is a copy;

The school has now been opened for a period of sufficient length to enable the results of a complete year’s work to be judged.  It is gratifying to report that substantial progress has been made.

The Infant Department is carefully taught, and the rate of progress is quite satisfactory.  On the day of inspection 62% of the pupils present were under 7 years of age.

In all the classes of the Junior Division the work is of average merit calling for no detailed criticism.

In the Senior Division, which has been recruited from twenty six different schools, there is great diversity of attainment and capacity.  Discipline, however, is very good; and the work for which the present teachers are responsible is quite satisfactory.

It is noted however, that in both Junior and Senior Divisions many pupils are insufficiently advanced for their years.

Much tact and infinite practice are displayed in the management of the Defective Classes, and careful attention is directed to the needs of the pupils.  The manual side of the work is distinctly successful.

Thursday 28 January 1909

Dr. Wright Thomson, oculist to the School Board, visited the school and tested the eyesight of all the Infants not previously tested and all the boys in the Senior and Junior Divisions where it was found defective by the class teachers.

Staff at 31 December 1908
Jas. D. Robertson BA Certified Teacher
Alex Hogg (Second Master) Certified Teacher
Ellen Pollock (Infants Mistress) Certified Teacher
Marjorie Telfer MA (Assistant) Certified Teacher
Janet M Gerard (Assistant) Certified Teacher
Maggie R Mackay (Assistant) Certified Teacher
Barbara F Watson MA (Assistant) Certified Teacher
Elizabeth M Donald (Assistant) Certified Teacher
Mrs Annie Sim (Assistant) Certified Teacher
John Tannahill (visiting music master) Certified Teacher
Sargent Mathieson Drill Instructor
Physically Defective Classes
Mary S Hunter (Mistress) Certified Teacher
Isabella Francis (Assistant) Certified Teacher
Janet Aitken (Assistant) Certified Teacher
Janet Lawson (Assistant) Certified Teacher
Martha Francis (nurse) Certified Teacher
Mentally Defective Classes
Jessie D Hamilton (Mistress) Certified Teacher
Helen Frame (Assistant) Certified Teacher

Monday 3 May 1909

The physically Defective Scholars of this school were today transferred to Barrowfield School and along with them their teachers, Miss Hunter, Miss Francis, Miss Aitken, Miss Lawson, also Nurse Francis and scullery maid Hamilton.

Thursday 24 June 1909

An exhibition and sale of work done by the mentally defective children took place today at 2 o’clock.

Tuesday 17 August 1909

A Supplementary Class for girls was by direction of the School Board formed here today.  They came from the following schools Queen Mary Street (11), Hozier Street (2), Barrowfield (16), John Street (1), Camlachie (8), London Road (2) – in all 40.

Monday 4 October 1909

School photographed.

Wednesday 17 November 1909

The report of Her Majesty’s Inspector was received Monday 15th and the following is a copy;

The Infant Staff, consisting of three teachers for a roll of 206 is to be immediately strengthened by the addition of another teacher.  Earnest and skilful teaching is given in the different classes of the Department and the positive results obtained border on excellence.  Arithmetic, Spelling and Intelligence in class I are particularly praiseworthy.

In the Junior Division, Class 3 made a good appearance in all the subjects tested except mental arithmetic, in which more drill should be given.  In Class 2 most of the work is extremely good, though written arithmetic suffers from weakness in Notation.  The attainments of the pupils in Class 1 are slightly below the average in Oral Composition and Arithmetic.

The lowest class of the Senior Division stands in need of teaching of the most stimulating kind.  The pupils read an unseen passage with accuracy and intelligence; but in general, oral answering is slow and badly distributed, and the elements of written composition have not been mastered.  Very sound teaching is given in Class 2, English, especially spelling, being decidedly good.  An exceptionally favourable opinion was formed of class 1, the pupils of which appeared to much advantage in all the subjects taken.

A supplementary class has recently been formed in the school: the class is in excellent hands, and the work is proceeding on eminently satisfactory lines.

The teaching and conduct of the classes for defective children continue to be all that could be desired.

Throughout the school and particularly in the Junior Division an improvement has been effected in relation of attainment to all.

Monday 20 December 1909

School entered between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning by some person or persons who forced four desks and two presses.

East End Pupils Back To School At Perth

Pupils of London Road School Bridgeton, and Riddrie School went back to school on Monday- at Perth. Glasgow children are accommodated in two schools, one near the North Inch and the other close to the South Inch.

Reopening of the school had been delayed for nearly a fortnight while registers were completed and medical examinations carried out.

Pupils from Riddrie and London Road Schools are attending Southern District School. Secondary and Advanced division pupils from these schools are accommodated at Perth Academy and at the boys and girls advanced division centers in the city.

The primary pupils from Glasgow all receive their schooling during the afternoon shift

Glasgow Eastern 30th September

3 thoughts on “London Road Primary School

  1. lynn Ferguson

    Audrey I think your brother was in my class maybe Andrew. Did you live in Williamson st.
    Ed I too lived in Silverdale street. I have great happy memories of the school and of the wonderful teachers especially Joan mciver.
    The school has been torn down despite Historic Scotland rating of this fine building.

  2. ed hunter

    I went to schooll ther for a short time , we then moved to the United States . I was reading that thet are going to tear down the school , is that true ….I had a friend by the name of Jimmy Harrison , do you know him . We lived on Silverdale Street.

  3. audrey adair

    My names is audrey adair I went to london road school and have great memories there I started in 1967 would love to here from anyone that went there are that time

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