Broomloan Road Primary School

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The original 1875 Broomloan Road School building designed by Alexander Watt
The later 1894 Broomloan Road School building designed by H&D Barclay

Broomloan Road Primary School was a primary school situated in Govan, Glasgow, Scotland.

It was the largest School in Govan built by Govan School Board, and comprised two separate buildings. The first, designed by Alexander Watt, opened in 1875. In 1894 a red sandstone extension was built, designed by H&D Barclay. Broomloan Road Primary School closed in the late 1960s.

After closure the red sanstone building was used by St. Saviour's Infants throughout the 1970s and as St. Gerards annexe after St. Saviour's Infants moved to a new school in Dunsmuir Street. In the early 1980s the building became the Summertown Community Centre before closing in the early 1990s. The older yellow sandstone building became Broomloan Road Nursery School in the late 1970s and was closed in the early 1990s after the nursery moved to St. Gerards Secondary School.[1]

Both buildings are now closed, having been boarded up and been in a derelict condition for many years. It is now protected as a category B listed building.[2]

The yellow sandstone building designed by Alexander Watt was almost completely destroyed by a fire in May 2014.[3]

It is most notable for being the first school of Sir Alex Ferguson, the former manager of Manchester United Football Club. He attended the school from 1946 until 1954, finishing a year later than he was due to as a result of re-taking his examination to enter Govan High School.[4]


  1. ^ "Broomloan Road Public School on acumfaegovan". Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Broomloan Road Public School: Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Firefighters tackle blaze at Sir Alex Ferguson's former primary school". Glasgow Evening Times. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "It's Man Reunited". The Sun. 15 September 2008. 

Coordinates: 55°51′25″N 4°18′32″W / 55.857°N 4.309°W / 55.857; -4.309