In our latest page of historic photographs of Staffin and its people, we publish images of the old Staffin Primary School. 

In the first picture in the gallery at the foot of the page, the main A855 road outside the school was being upgraded to double-track in a major construction project. It saw the stretch from Brogaig north to Ellishadder upgraded. Note the temporary dentist’s hut in the playground. The second picture shows a party in the classroom where Margaret MacLean, of Ballard, Clachan, taught the younger children, normally P1-P4. Allan MacDonald was the headteacher at the school before it shut while Amy Cruickshank was also a teacher and Jane Ross was the school secretary. The third picture in the gallery shows a young John MacKenzie, Maligar, who is himself a teacher now, outside the canteen. The two girls round the corner from John are Kay MacPherson and Mairi Fay Campbell. Click on the pictures to view them more closely.

Party in full swing.

Party in full swing.

The doors closed on both Staffin and Digg Primary schools in 1989. A new school and playing field for the district was constructed by the Kilmartin River, five minutes walk from the new road bridge, which itself opened in the mid-1980s during the new road construction. In the fourth picture the new school can be seen in the background.

The merger saw 44 pupils from both Staffin and Digg on the new school’s first roll. The old schools’ closures also sadly brought an end to the annual and keenly contested Staffin-Digg derby football match…

Ten years after the old school lay empty, the diggers moved in and it was razed to the ground, although the historic schoolhouse was retained. The schoolhouse then formed part of a widely welcomed affordable housing development in 1999. Eighteen years later and Staffin is still waiting for more affordable homes to be constructed, but that is another story.

The Photos from the Past – Duilleag bhon an-dè – page features historic pictures from decades gone by in Staffin.

Maybe you have a photograph in your house or attic but cannot name all the faces? Perhaps sharing it on the SCT website could solve that mystery. We would particularly welcome pictures of local people, whether they are at work or play, from all seasons of the year. If you have a photograph(s) of Staffin and/or your family, friends and neighbours and would like to see it featured, please drop it off at the Staffin Community Trust office between Monday or Friday or alternatively, e-mail the SCT development officer Hugh Ross  All copies will be returned.