The education of the district in the past was provided for in various ways, and traces of a school, or at least a schoolmaster, for the district are found in 16th century records. However, it wasn’t until 1822 that education in anything like the modern sense, was supplied. In that year a piece of land was acquired and a school house and teacher’s house were built.

The total cost was met by a gift (with accumulated interest) left more than twenty years previously by William Lyon, who by his last will, dated 27th April 1799, stated that he was anxious to lay out a sum of money for the education of the poor children in the parish where he was born. The will directed his executors to lay out £1,000 in building a school in the town of Carmyle for the education of as many poor children belonging to the said town of Carmyle as his executors might think proper, leaving it to their discretion. The schoolhouse stood in the area now occupied by the sheltered housing complex of Orchard Court and the teacher’s house was on the opposite side of Carmyle Avenue at the corner of Dornie Drive. The fund was later administered by the School Board of Old Monkland.

This 1902 photograph was taken at Bogside Primary School Mount Vernon. The School was privately run by a Miss McArthur. Houses in the background are thought to be at the North East corner of Hamilton Road and Carmyle Avenue junction.

Education, during this period was not compulsory and it wasn’t until 1872 that the Education Act, placing the control of education in the hands of the School Boards, came into force. these School Boards were elected by the ratepayers.

The children of school age in Carmyle had to travel a fair distance, by foot, to receive their rightful education. Children of the Catholic faith attended St. Joseph’s school in Tollcross, while Mount Vernon school in London Road, taught pupils of other denominations.

In 1931, a small school - known as the wee school - was opened in Montrose Avenue. There was only accommodation for the first three classes, therefore from the age of seven, children had to attend Mount Vernon Primary.

A new school, St. Joachim’s Primary, opened in Montrose Avenue, near the Pit Road in 1965. This meant that pupils in the village, who had been attending St. Joseph’s in Tollcross, could now be taught locally. However, ten years later, vandalism was beginning to take its toll in Carmyle, and the modern, relatively new, St. Joachim’s was burned down. This meant that, once again, children had to travel to Tollcross, to the Good Shepherd School for their education.

Mount Vernon pupils with local Janitor Mr Moffat

St. Joachim’s was re-built, and at present both schools in the village offer a varied curriculum in pleasant surroundings. Secondary school education is taught at Bannerman High Baillieston, for children from Carmyle Primary, while St. Joachim’s pupils attend Trinity High school in Cambuslang. Local children are bussed to these schools.

Wee School in the background


NOTES: Updated for 1st March, 2010.

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