Marking 14 decades of education

Lairdsland Primary in the early 20th century.
Lairdsland Primary in the early 20th century.

Pupils from Lairdsland Primary are hoping that local people can help them celebrate the 140-year history of their school.

Staff and children at the Kirkintilloch school are currently preparing to move into a new state-of-the-art building in the town’s Southbank Marina.

To commemorate the school’s rich and colourful past, pupils are taking a look ‘Through the Ages’ and need help from local people with stories to tell about the school over the years.

The existing Victorian building has occupied the Kerr Street site from its construction in 1875 but next April, pupils and teachers will move to their brand new £7.7m purpose built school on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Headteacher Fiona Donaghey is excited about the move and has been encouraging the children to come up with ways to mark the momentous occasion.

She said: “We are all very proud of our school and moving will be the end of an era.

“ So we decided to do a project that documents the school in words and pictures so that people in the future will know just how special a place it was.

“We’d love to hear from ex-pupils, ex-teachers and anyone else who has a story to tell about the role that Lairdsland Primary has played in their life and the life of their family.

“Old photographs would be great too as the children are always fascinated to see the fashions and styles of pupils from different generations.”

Councillor Eric Gotts, convener of the council’s education committee added: “It’s great to see the pupils so motivated and engaged in this whole process.

“They have been involved from the outset as it’s very important that they feel the school is theirs.

“I look forward to seeing this finished project and hope local people can contribute.”

If you’d like to help the school with this project please call the office on 0141 955 2310 or drop them an email to office

The council will also put the appeal on its twitter feed @EDCouncil and on facebook (

Although still to be confirmed, the school would like to exhibit the project at an open evening on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.