Newlands Primary School

Newlands Primary School



Sitting at the top of Springfield Road, Newlands Primary school was the nearest school to Parkhead Cross.

Built in 1895 it is also one of the oldest buildings in the area and educated generations of families until its closure in197?.  The land was donated by Lord Newlands with instruction that a public school was to be built on the site.

The school also catered for older children until the building of Riverside Secondary School in 1933.


School colours…, red and blue…..were introduced into Newlands School, Parkhead at the beginning of the winter session.

They are now being worn by a large number of the children on socks, pullovers and ties.  A school badge has also been designed, containing the three colours and bearing a shield with the letters, “N.S.”


Although the headmaster, Mr Thomas McNaughton is delighted to see so many children wearing them he emphasis that wearing the school colours will not be compulsory.

‘ I am not going to try and force the children to wear these colours on their clothing,’ he says. ‘But I believe they give the child a pride in the school and also strengthen the link between the school and the home.’

‘Before I considered introducing the colours I made sure that the cost of clothing containing them would not be any dearer than ordinary clothing.’

These are photos of the James and Flora Medal won by Mary Cree McMurray Fulton. Mary was born in 1919 and attended Newlands from 1924 till 1930

These photos are the copyright of The Newlands Blog

The DuxTrophy in the center was won by Frank Wales at Newlands for the years 1972 -73

I would like to thank Brian Charlton for all his help and allowing us to use these photos,

In the 1960’s  some pupils had the opportunity to visit Galloway House Residential School  in Wigton  for four weeks. I believe there was a lot of crying from the parents and the children as they left from the school gates, All the children were given a diary to fill in on this adventure. This is a copy of the front, inside, and back pages of the Gallway House diary belonging to Elizabeth Robertson.


 Report Card from 1966









Newlands 1967


Newlands 1966


Newlands 1968-69
























28 thoughts on “Newlands Primary School

  1. janice

    I think I went to this school iin late 60s anyone remember the turbitt family from edminston street parkhead my name is janice turbitt then

  2. Joe Hunter

    I too went to Newlands from 1952 until 1958, Mr Thomas McNaughton was the “heidie”, my teachers were Miss McKillop, Mrs MacKenzie, Mr Mutch and Mr Stevenson.
    Schoolpals were: Arthur English, Wanda Zambrk, Isobel Rice, Cathy Hastie, Moira McIntyre, Laura Diamond, Sybil Hart, John Barr, Tom Watt, Raymond Carpenter,Billy McLaren, George Shearer, Jim Frew, Eddie Cowie, Hubert Wilson, John Chapman, Donald McQorkindale, James (Doe) Davidson, Betty Reynolds, Norma Bolsworth, Bertie Watson to name but a few. Eddie Charlton and Brian Charlton also were there too and lived in Edmiston Street beside me in Palace Street.

    1. William Thomson

      Hi Joe, I remember every name on your post, Teachers and pupils as I was in your class, great wee school, best time. In my last year the school joined the Eastern Division Schools football, if I remember right we finished 2nd, I was the “goalie” We lived in Malcolm Street, just a few minutes walk to school. Brilliant.

  3. Archie Hunter

    I attened Newlands Primary School from 1942 to 1947. The only teacher I can remember was Miss Begg, known to us as Fanny She was a tyrant, but a great teacher who managed to drag her whole class through the qualifying exams with good marks. I lived on Palace St, but went to Eastbank Accadeny in Shettleston rather then Riverside Secondary until my family moved to Pollok a year later and I switched to Shawlands Academy. I was a menber of the 45th Glasgow Boy’s Brigade Company which met at Soulth Shawlands.Church, andi served an apprenticeship as a radio and tv technician with J,S. Denholm Co at Shawlands Cross, until I emigrated to Canada in 1957. Would love to hear from anyone who recognises my name.

    1. Joe HUnter

      Hi Archie, I am Joe Hunter and I lived in 4 Palace Street from 1950 until 1958, first in the “wee hoose” up the back close, then ” 2 up the middle “. Next door to us was a widow, Mrs Martin and her son Henry and on the other side was another Hunter family, Bella and Moses and their children Gordon and Christine, The Owen family and later in that house, the Ness family who were next door to Mr & Mrs Mcleod and their son Brian. On the first floor were the Davidsons and their children Ronnie, Brenda and their elder sister, next door were the Smiths and their son Zander, on the top floor were the Bullochs and their daughter Isobel. David Ness was a runner for the bookie Frank who stood across the road from No 4. In No 10 Ian McFarlane lived, also Ann McLeod, Margaret Burgoyne, Ella Marshall and Joan Tazar. In N0 16 my Grannie lived, Bessie and Tom Bell and my uncle Tommy, The Sneddons lived on the ground floor and next door two up next to my Grannie were the Wylies. Most of us went to Newlands then Riverside although when we moved to Castlemilk I went to Strathbungo. I was in the Lifeboys in the Methodist Church and also in the Church of Scotland at the top of Whitby Street over the railway bridge. My mother, her sister and her two brothers all went to Newlands and Riverside. I dont recognise your name even though it is the same as mine!
      I have fond memories of Parkhead, doing the “jumps” in the back courts, where we played wee shops and moshie in and around the midgie bins! Happy days!
      Best Regards

      1. Alastair Sutherland

        Hi Joe,
        I was born in 4 Palace Street on 9th September 1959. We lived on the ground floor, room/kitchen on the right. My dad worked for the gas board and used to park the van outside during the day. I have many memories of playing in the back courts and one of the neighbours having a friendly golden Labrador called Glen. We moved from there to Springburn 1966-67, not sure exactly when.
        Alastair Sutherland

        1. Ian Hyde

          I lived one up 4 Palace Street my dad Charlie Hyde was the local coal man. If you wanted coal from him you put his card in your windae CH. my mums name was Mary, we lived low down at 61 Edmiston street before moving round the corner to Palace street. I also remember the dog Glen he belonged to Tom and Meg McLeod and I think they owned one of the only motors in the street a. I remember the names Bell and Burgoyne as I had a wee paper round. I went to Newlands and Rivie and have managed to get back in touch wi some old pals through this site.


        Hi my name is Marshall walker and I lived at 16 Palace st. from birth in 1941 until I was 15 when we moved to Easterhouse in 1956. I attended Newlands then Riverside. we lived below the Bells. I was friends with Brian Mcleod and Tommy bell, I don’t remember the Hunters I remember Joan Tazar. I remember wee jimmy Blue, frank Cassidy who both lived on the other side of the street.I now live in Texas USA and would never had thought when I lived in Parkhead that I would end up retiring in Texas.

  4. Jimmy Bain

    I was looking at at Similar Website, Just Looking, I had a look at your Comments with Ref to my Name Jimmy Bain. Newlands was a great Education Vehicle for me, but at the time I was not aware of that Situation.
    All the Names you have Mentioned, great School Mates, so many Years Ago.

    Live in England now Military Service, now Retired, Alls Well Margaret Remember you Fondly, Keep safe, and your Family.

    Kind Regards,

    Jimmy Bain

    1. :Margaret faulds

      Wow just come on to night first time in ages always go over now and again down memory lane was inside school last year couldnt believe what they have done do you keep in touch with anyone do you remember my aunty jean lived upstairs from you with the dog glen and she worked in the buses good to here from you do you have any school photos

    2. :Margaret faulds

      Good to here from you james as you used to live in mcewan st think at the time you had wee brother and my aunty jean stayed 2up with the dog glen and she worked on the buses at helenvale st do you keep in touch with anyone from school days still go over for wee runs to have a look was in school few months ago for meeting social work have taken over the boys side shock horror when i seen what they have done put a lift into stairs are still there that took you up to headmaster room so sad to think how the building is in side play ground looks really small they use it as a car park

      1. Jimmy Bain

        Nice too hear back from you, and YES I remember your Aunty Jean who worked on the Green Buses to the Schemes, and her Dog or Should I say Wolf, all the Kids were S&$T Scared of the Animal, taking the Dog for a walk was an Extreme Effort for your Aunt`y Jean But a Lovely lady, if on her Bus to see Relatives or Friends she knew you No Charge, always nice to Keep a Shilling for Sweets, Bus Fare.

        No Pictures that I can Find but Remember going to Galloway House in Dumfries Good Memories But so Long Ago.

        Kind Regards to you and your Family

        Jimmy Bain

  5. Margaret faulds

    Went to newlands 1961 jim bain kenny mcneil james greenhorn elizabeth robertson margaret rogers jean reid isobel mcbean johnny johnstone. David crawford jim anderdson june McCracken were allin our class there is a school photo and i can name wuote a few

      1. Margaret faulds

        Jim did you live in mcewan st and my aunty jean lived up the close as well with her dog Glen and worked on the busrs

  6. Margaret faulds

    I used to go to newlands primary from1961 to1967 then unto riversid sec school had 2sisters elizabeth who was the odest jean the youngest. Can remember thee workers from barrs coming into the playground and playing on the swings in girls playground till they were removed also went to galloway house as i read elizabeth robertson report she was on my class

    1. Jason Stevenson

      Hi Susan

      My Father lived with his Parents and sisters in Helenvale St George Stevenson, sisters Vivien Peril Parents George and Cathy. My Father sadly passed away a few days ago. He was born in 1942

  7. Jim Street

    I went to Newlands in the early 1960s and remember the teacher Miss Bone. The church we went to also had Nelson Gray as the minister. He later went onto the TV. One of the first ministers to do so.

  8. Ian Jamieson

    I attended Newlands from 1945 before going to Riverside. I lived at 48 Edmiston St with my brother Bobby and dad Big Jock. Still visit the East End on my trips back home as I have lived in Melbourne Australia for the past 54 years. Loved the Commonwealth Games so many memories.

  9. Jean Gardner

    My twin sister and I attended Newlands from 1933 to 1940 approximately. When we graduated we went to Riverside Secondary School. However, war intervened and in 1939-40, we were evacuated from Glasgow to Dumfries.

  10. Irene MacDonald

    I attended Newlands School in the 1940s. My first teacher was Miss McQuiston, and the head mistress was Miss Jessie Hosie. I also had Miss Elliot and Mr Imrie. Does anyone remember them? My name then was Irene Gibson, and my grandmother lived at 1358 Duke Street in the bank building on the corner of Duke Street and Gallowgate.


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