Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce
|Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce|
|Local authority||City of Edinburgh|
|Medium of language||Gaelic|
Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce (English: Parkside Primary School, referring to the adjoining Pilrig Park) is a Gaelic medium primary school in Edinburgh, Scotland. Administered by the City of Edinburgh Council, the school is open to any parents in the city or surrounding areas who wish to have their children learn and be educated through Scottish Gaelic. The opening of Edinburgh’s first dedicated Gaelic school on 16 August 2013, after many years of campaigning by parents and supporters, was hailed as a "landmark day" for the Scottish capital.
Situated in the south of the district (and former municipal burgh) of Leith, Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce is housed in the refurbished former Bonnington Primary School building. The original 2-storey T-shaped school was built between 1875 and 1877 to the plans of James Simpson (1832-1894), then architect of the Leith School Board, and subsequently extended in 1907 by Simpson's old apprentice and eventual successor, George Craig (1852-1928).
As of September 2015[update] Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce has a pupil roll of approximately 287 pupils, as well as provision for a 40:40 Nursery. The school originated in the highly successful Gaelic unit within Tollcross Primary School. The unit opened in 1988 as a single class with seven children and subsequently grew in size and stature. The majority of children in Gaelic-medium education at Tollcross Primary School transferred to Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce at its opening.
- Baillie, Claire (17 August 2013). "Edinburgh opens first dedicated Gaelic school". The Scotsman. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
- British Listed Buildings: 139a Bonnington Road, Bonnington Primary School with Play Shelters, Gatepiers and Railings
- "Parentzone: My school: Find a school: Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce (Parkside Primary)". Education Scotland. Archived from the original on 11 November 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- Depute Head Teacher - Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce[permanent dead link] www.myjobscotland.gov.uk, accessed 7 April 2013
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