TOWNHEAD PUBLIC SCHOOL NOW KNOWN AS STONEHOUSE PRIMARY
Whilst Stonehouse Primary School currently occupies the footprint of the old Townhead Primary school, a school has been located on or near the exisitng footprint since the late 1700’s. According to Robert Naismith’s book on Stonehouse the first purpose built school in Stonehouse opened in 1781 in King Street. This was followed by a new parish school, built in 1853, which was located ‘a short distance from old one’, (in Townhead Street?).
It was enlarged in 1870 and ‘enclosed with a neat wall’. A new house for the headmaster was also built near the Free Manse (in Hill Road?) called Sauchrie Cottage. (Naismith (1895) pp82-85).
The Free Church School in Hill Road (1851 – 1881) was leased to the Stonehouse School Board for one year in 1881, under the name of Hill Academy, while Townhead Street School was under construction.
On 9th January 1882 Townhead Public School was opened by the School Board.
The Toonheid’ as this school was generally known in early days was built in 1881 at a cost, including site, of upwards of £2,000. Its location was where the present school is, at the corner of Townhead Street and Sidehead Road. The first Headmaster, Mr Alexander McIntosh had been teaching in Stonehouse for nine years before the school was built. He came to the village in 1872 as teacher in the Subscription School and two years later he was appointed to the Free Church School in Hill Road where he remained until, under the School Board of Stonehouse, he then moved to the Parish School in Townhead Street now as Townhead Public School.
The group have a number of documents that relate to the school in relation to
a) The Education Department
b) Teacher References
c) Pupil Exemption Certificates
d) Index of pupils who achieved Standard Grade VI including their autograph
e) Headmasters diary / log 1881-1947
f) Hamilton Advertiser Articles by Jean Leishman
g) School Admissions Records
These are all in process of being scanned and categorised into the above headings and will be added as time permits.
A) Education Department
Over the years a number of education department circulars and reports were produced which instructed schools on what had to be taught as well as measuring how well the school was doing. The following links are a series of reports and circulars produced since around 1899.
Education Reports and Circulars
B) Teacher References
A number of the early teacher references were salvaged and these are attached for reference.
C) Certificate of Exemptions (for attending evening classes)
Whilst working and supporting the family was important in these days, education was also recognised as being important and a number of pupils who signed up to carry out evening classes were exempt from attending day school.
These are a copy of the original certificates that were saved and digitised.
D) Index of Pupils who achieved Standard Grade 6
Autographs from some of the pupils who achieved standard grade VI were taken from the pupils and are contained in a book held by the group. This book also detailed their address, age and additional comments. Listed below is an alphabetical index of the pupils who achieved standard grade V1 between 1882 and 1894.