Pennywell Primary School
I am very grateful to Ena Duns (nee Taylor) who was a pupil at Pennywell School and has given us the following information and dates. In spite of the constraints she mentions she says that she cannot speak too highly of the quality of education she received from the dedicated teachers.
Houses were built in Pennywell before the World War II, but there was insufficient manpower and resources during the war to build schools, shops, churches, libraries etc. The authorities modified some houses in Ferry Road to become school classrooms, for example by knocking two bedrooms into one. Heating was supplied by a coal fire at the front of the class, and ventilation by opening the sash windows. The playgrounds were the gardens of the various houses which held classrooms. At the end of the war temporary classrooms were built in Ferry Road Avenue and for the first time there was a school hall.
- 1940 – Pennywell School opened in houses in Ferry Road.
- 1945-46 – Pennywell Scool ‘temporary’ buildings were built in Ferry Road Avenue.
- 1954 – Because the school population had grown considerably a new school, Craigmuir, was opened for the children who lived on the north side of West Pilton and Muirhouse, while children who lived on the south side of the estate continued to be educated in the ‘temporary’ Pennywell School.
- 1973 - Pennywell School closed and was replaced by Inchview School.