Our History

LORNE STREET PRIMARY SCHOOL OPENING

* The land for the school was ‘secured’ from the Governors of George Heriot’s Hospital by the Leith School Board.

* Construction was during 1875 and 1876.

* The main 2 storey building was for boys and girls, each with their own entrance, stair and classroom.

* The back single storey building (our dining hall) was an infant school. Each infant child paid 2 ½ pence a week.

* The school was designed to hold 500 children.

* The first headmaster on opening day, 21 February 1876, was the Reverend James Forsyth.1876

ENLARGING THE SCHOOL

* The school was enlarged twice.

* The biggest change was in 1898 when a third storey was added.

* More land was secured from the George Heriot’s Hospital Trust to add to the back playground.

* There were temporary classrooms in the back playground.

* The old public well now became part of our playground.

* Tenements were built to replace the old work yards and Jameson Place was created.

 

In 1901 Lorne had 900 pupils…

more than 3 times the number of pupils we have today.

SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-1945

*The building was closed as a school and became a Civic Restaurant feeding locals bombed out of their houses or anyone who had used up their ration or had other social needs.

*The head teacher was responsible for the evacuation of children to other parts of the city and out to the villages in the Lothians.

*Some children stayed and were educated in local homes with a teacher from the school touring around and teaching for a short period before moving on to another home.

 

LORNE STREET PRIMARY CLOSES 1960

  • New housing estates on the outskirts of the city attracted young families away from Leith
  • Dr Bell’s Primary was also suffering for a lack of new infants coming into the school
  • Lorne closed 23 December 1960 and the pupils started at Dr. Bell’s after the Christmas holidays

ROOF FIRE – 17TH MAY 1962 – 4:17PM

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FIRE STARTS IN VENTILATION DUCT IN WOODEN ROOF SPACE

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RAMSAY TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

* Lorne became an annexe for the Ramsay Technical Institute, Portobello about 1963 until 1971.

* It was their engineering wing and students could be full-time or on day-release from their paid work as joiners, welders etc.

* When Telford College took over the Ramsay Institute they wanted to be rid of the many annexes around the city and bring them onto fewer campuses.

* Lorne was therefore surplus to requirements and closed.

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LORNE PRIMARY RISES FROM THE ASHES

* The school name dropped the word street

* Lorne re-opened on 18th April 1973

* There were 282 pupils

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LEADING TO THE CREATION OF OUR SCHOOL BADGE

1970’s and 1980’s                                 1990’s                             2000’s and 2010’s

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2015 until Present Day

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