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Craigbank Secondary Pollok

Postby Hoey St » Sat Feb 17, 2007 4:48 pm

As a former pupil during the early seventies I would be interested to know its new name since I heard it changed its religion and became the new Bellarmine. after the Catholic school which stood where the Pollok centre stands( roughly)

I can well recall its Scandinavian style architecture especially the "catwalk" which cut through the main assembly hall. Last time I saw it it seemed to have been covered in some kind of protective coating which seemed to obliterate its distinctive architectural style.

During that period all the pupils were herded into various "houses" and football tournaments amongst the houses were arranged. My own house was Darnley and I remember Pollok, Mearns, Maxwell, Stirling, all names of local importance I believe.
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Postby Alex Glass » Sat Feb 17, 2007 7:41 pm

St Paul's Academy.

Craigbank Secondary School closed in the late 80's and was mothballed.

The local community met and came forward with plans to use the ROSLA block but nothing came of this after almost 10 years.

When the plans to develope the Pollok Shopping Centre finally came forward after about 10 years and many different designs the Council agreed to relocate Bellarmine to the campus of Craigbank. There followed another couple of year during which negotiation took place with the Catholic Church.

Finally, it was agreed that the developer of the new shopping centre would contribute toward the renovation costs for Craigbank and the school renamed.

Since opening the Head Teacher has turned around the achievements of the pupils and the school has a stable intake after many years of a declining roll.

The former pupils of Craigbank were moved to Crookston Castle.

As plans developed for the renewal of the Council's Secondary's it became clear that something needed to be done about the declining roll at both Penilee and Crookston Castle. It was agreed that a new school would be built on the ground of Rosshall Park and pupils from both schools. The new school is called Rosshall Academy.

Work is almost completed on a new primary school on the former site of Crookston Castle Secondary. The new school will be called Crookston Prinary School and take in children for three school within the local area. I am not sure which schools these are I think they are, Bonnyholm, Leithland and McGill.

I will try and get some photos and post them up.
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craigbank secondary Pollok

Postby Hoey St » Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:53 pm

Declining population seems to be the buzz word and probably the key word of local demograpics at the moment.
One of the most interesting aspects of "scheme" life is the lack of schemies. Thatcher's anti-working class policy in my opinion destroyed what was a vulnerable sector of working class identity, i.e being a schemie, and with her political parties ieeological message based on the individual rather than the communial was the greatest destructer of what was during the sixties and seventies a socialist community.

There was without a doubt a sense of community within the schemes of a working class identity until it was slowly destroyed during and after Thatchers reign. The schemes played, and to a certain extent still still do play, an important part in Glasgows history. Rather than dismiss the schemes and their whole contribution to our city's history we should embrace scheme culture as much as we embrace the culture of the west end and the inner cities.
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Re: craigbank secondary Pollok

Postby scaryman2u » Sat Feb 17, 2007 11:42 pm

Hoey St wrote:Declining population seems to be the buzz word and probably the key word of local demograpics at the moment.
One of the most interesting aspects of "scheme" life is the lack of schemies. Thatcher's anti-working class policy in my opinion destroyed what was a vulnerable sector of working class identity, i.e being a schemie, and with her political parties ieeological message based on the individual rather than the communial was the greatest destructer of what was during the sixties and seventies a socialist community.

There was without a doubt a sense of community within the schemes of a working class identity until it was slowly destroyed during and after Thatchers reign. The schemes played, and to a certain extent still still do play, an important part in Glasgows history. Rather than dismiss the schemes and their whole contribution to our city's history we should embrace scheme culture as much as we embrace the culture of the west end and the inner cities.


That`s pretty much part and parcel of who and what we are, but there`s a whole lot of people out there dedicated enough to change this thinking. :evil: Housing Schemes are part of GLASGOW :!: but making them see that is another matter :evil:
You-tube is a classic example of the Schemes 8O and that needs addressing :evil:
It depresses me to think Glasgow is portrayed in this way when there is so much more to the City :evil:
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An explanation

Postby Dexter St. Clair » Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:17 am

ROSLA block


This is not a design by the famed architect Nicholas Rozla, or a type of brick or where one went to roll up your fags using a type of paper that lost out to its similarly named but better funded competitor.

The Raising of School Leaving Age took many people by surprise in 1972. Most of them were teachers but councils and particularly Archictectural Services had anticipated given the increasing use of family planning and the adoption by Catholic lay people of teh parts of vatican 2 rejected by the Pope contemporary school buildings were more than adequate for the populace. At a stroke buildings were thrown up to accomodate another year's worth of pupils and of course these blocks became known as ROSLA blocks. I'm guessing ( with the assitance of the Doune photos) that Alex would have entered secondary school expecting to leave at 16 and would have picked up the terminology.

There's due to be another ROSLA quite soon.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/6135516.stm
Expect weeping, wailing and grinding of teeth from Teachers and exultations of ecstacy from those archoitects and builders who enjoyed the last PFI funded rebuilds.

The ROSLA Block in Rotherham

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Postby Alex Glass » Sun Feb 18, 2007 2:20 pm

Correct Dex

I was a ROSLA child. They built an extra block in my secondary school (Garthamlock).

Although it wasn't until I moved to Pollok and became part of the group working toward a community facility within the old Craigbank ROSLA block that I became aware that the building that were built in the early 70's were known as ROSLA blocks.

On Hoey St's post there is a lot there that is hard to argue against. As a schemie I witnessed at first hand the decline of a respectable working class community in Ruchazie. There was a great community spirit that started to disappear at the start of the 80's. Moving to the South Side I then witnessed the decline in the late 80's of some of the schemes associated with the Pollok area. The rot destroyed these areas and it would never have been possible to get back that 60's and 70's community spirit without making changes. Hopefully having a more mixed community with a greater choice for families and better facilities. I know many will not like what has been done in many of the schemes. Hopefully time will allow the changes to settle and allow that spirit to return to those areas.
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Re: Craigbank Secondary Pollok

Postby Lynn_x » Mon Jul 06, 2009 4:42 pm

I was not happy when they decided to close Crookston Castle!

But i managed to see out my years before it closed down thank god!

I actually loved that school ::):
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Re: Craigbank Secondary Pollok

Postby ionaisle » Wed May 02, 2018 7:46 am

Hello does anyone know of a Robert Gemmell went to Crookston Castle Secondary in the 70's. He had a sister called Sadie and lived in Dormanside Road , Pollok?
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