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Dennistoun Private School

Colin posted on the 27/03/2017 8:09:32 PM

Hi

My mum and aunt briefly went to a private school on Onslow Drive. It was at the corner of Onslow Drive and Craigpark and was probably number 9 Onslow Drive.

My mum thinks it was called Dennistoun Private School.

It was one of the tenements that had its rooms converted into classrooms and there was a 'playground' out in the back garden area with a school bell at the top of the stairs.

My aunt was there from about 1952 to 1955.

Please reply, if you know anything about the school - I'm doing some research into the family tree and it would be really appreciated.

Colin


15 Replies :


#1 - James replied on the 28/03/2017 1:57:42 PM

Hi Colin - I have not heard of this before but do know that 9 0nslow Drive is not a tenement but a red sandstone terraced house.


#2 - Colin replied on the 28/03/2017 5:17:22 PM

Hi James

Thanks for the reply.

My mistake - I said tenement but should have said it was a house.

Thanks

Colin


#3 - Alan replied on the 17/04/2017 9:42:55 PM

Hi Colin, Dennistoun Private was a school in Onslow Drive. It may well have been at the corner but it was not number 9. My friend from school days whom I occasionally still see lived in number 9 which was on the other side of the road. He did go to Dennistoun for a few years until he moved to a school in town which is where I met him. The big house on the opposite corner was for many years the manse of the Barony Church. This probably isn't telling you much but at least it confirms the existence of the school. I'm guessing here but it may have shut in the mid/late sixties.


#4 - Jay replied on the 26/04/2017 8:32:02 PM

Back in the 1960's I went to a private school in Onslow Drive in a red terraced house, but it was for commercial purposes run by two women. This is where I achieved certificates in shorthand/typing if that is of any use. The tuition took place in two of the rooms so I presume the women who ran it lived at these premises. I used to go there once a week after work


#5 - Euan replied on the 30/06/2017 1:49:34 PM

Hi Colin,
I was there for a couple of years in the early sixties. It was in Onslow drive but the infant class met in the church hall round the corner. I used to have to wear a red cap...but that's about all I remember!!


#6 - Ruth replied on the 11/07/2017 4:58:05 PM

Yes I remember seeing small boys wearing red caps - I can't remember girls going there though. We went to Golfhill. I'll ask my brothers if they remember exactly where it was. Which church hall did the infants meet in? was it the red sandstone building where the chapel hall is now? I'm pretty sure it was early 60s - I don't remember seeing them in the late 60s


#7 - Colin Campbell replied on the 17/10/2018 1:19:55 PM

Hi Colin,
I was born in 1952 in Whitehill Street and went to Dennistoun Private School till I was 9 and prior to that the nursery school round the corner in Craigpark, I think in the Church Hall. I suppose I was there from 1955 / 56 till1961. Yes it was red caps and my mother still has mine today. The school was very much mixed with boys and girls in roughly equal numbers. Class sizes were about I think 20 kids and they covered 3 years in one class. So teachers did a good job keeping the different years busy all the time. I still see my best friend today who lived in Golfhill Drive. We used to meet in the morning and walk down to the school together. You never mentioned your mothers name or when she was there although my memory is not great my mum's still is good so I can ask her. If you want to ask anything best to email me at colininglencoe@gmail.com .


#8 - Colin replied on the 19/03/2019 12:54:54 AM

Hi all

Thanks for your replies and sorry for having taken so long to get back to you. I was very interested to see your responses and sent my aunt the link to the page so that she could see what you'd written. I'll reply to you separately.

Thanks again

Colin


#9 - Colin replied on the 19/03/2019 12:56:19 AM

Hi Colin, Dennistoun Private was a school in Onslow Drive. It may well have been at the corner but it was not number 9. My friend from school days whom I occasionally still see lived in number 9 which was on the other side of the road. He did go to Dennistoun for a few years until he moved to a school in town which is where I met him. The big house on the opposite corner was for many years the manse of the Barony Church. This probably isn't telling you much but at least it confirms the existence of the school. I'm guessing here but it may have shut in the mid/late sixties.

Hi Alan

Thanks for your reply and I see what you mean about the house number *and* it wasn't the house on the corner! My aunt read your reply and referred back to the photos that she took on the day we visited. My mistake - the house was not on the corner and it seems to have been number 8 Onslow Drive.

It was great to hear that he went to the school there and that you are still in touch. I was wondering, if he remembers anything about the school? I'm really keen to find out as much as I can and it would be fantastic, if it's possible to dig up photos of the school.

Both my mum and my aunt have very fond memories of the school; although, my mum wasn't there for a full year before moving to Drumchapel.

Thanks again

Colin


#10 - Colin replied on the 19/03/2019 12:57:14 AM

Hi Euan

Thanks very much for your reply.

My aunt said that she used to wear a panama hat with a black band on it with a red stripe and presumably the school badge on the front.

That sounds similar to the boy's uniform with the red caps.

Thanks again

Colin


#11 - Colin replied on the 19/03/2019 12:58:10 AM

Hi Jay

I hadn't heard about a private school that was run for commercial purposes and I wondered, if it was maybe run like that in the evenings for courses like shorthand and typing.

What you said about the two rooms and two women running it sounds similar to what my aunt told me. I'll need to check and see.

I have an email from her and will add these to the forum (provided I don't get blocked for sending so many replies at once/spamming!).

Thanks

Colin


#12 - Colin replied on the 19/03/2019 12:59:07 AM

Hi Ruth

Thanks for getting back to me.

That's great to hear that you remember seeing the boys wearing red caps.

I'm afraid I don't know about the church hall round the corner but I did get some emails from my aunt that I'll add to the forum.

Thanks

Colin


#13 - Colin replied on the 19/03/2019 12:59:53 AM

Hi Colin

Thanks for getting in touch and your reply, which was very interesting.

I'll send you an email separately.

Thanks

Colin


#14 - Colin replied on the 19/03/2019 1:02:28 AM

Hi all

Thanks again for all your replies - it made for some interesting reading. I have had a number of things going on since I first posted on the forum and researching my family's history took a bit of a back seat. I've recently picked it back up and let my aunt see your replies. I've copied her emails in below.

It would be great, if it's possible to find old school photos and to hear more of your memories. I'm very keen to learn more about the school because it was so important to my mum and aunt.

Anyway, here are the emails from my aunt.

Kind regards

Colin


Hi Colin,

What a lovely surprise!

I looked back our photos when we all went to visit and I am almost certain I took pictures of the correct house. Looking at the photo it was number 8? I also took photos of the back of the building which was the playground. It was still all covered in concrete and looked just like I remembered it - all of 69 years ago...I think I was there from 1952 for 2 or 3 years. Please can you put this info onto the forum below for me?
Let me know what happens next!!!
H x

Hi Colin,

It was lovely to read the snippets of information people have added to the forum. I remember the inside of the building very well. There was a door at the back of the ground floor which had a spiral staircase down to the playground. I remember we used to rush to stand by the hand bell at the top of the stair and the one who got there first was so excited to ring it when told at the end of playtime.

I was in the infant class which was the big room at the front. We used to get medals on ribbons for doing good stuff in class.

I wore a black gym strip and a panama hat with a black band on it with a red stripe and presumably the school badge at the front.

I used to play with a boy who had lots of freckles and his name I think was Lex Forsyth. He might have had ginger hair. I think your mum was there for a very short time before we moved away from Dennistoun.

H x


#15 - The Mentalist replied on the 19/03/2019 12:51:47 PM

Great post Colin.


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