Duncanrig Secondary School
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Duncanrig Secondary School was designed in 1953 by the Scottish architect Basil Spence. The school was most likely named after the farm Duncanrig in that area. The school was part of the development of the new town of East Kilbride in the South Lanarkshire council area in Scotland.
Spence is perhaps better known for his design of Coventry Cathedral, the "Beehive" building in New Zealand or the British Embassy in Rome amongst many others. Although Spence was to design in the modern Brutalist mould the school he designed at East Kilbride was far from that, being entirely playful and theatrical.
A feature of the school building was a large mural by William Crosbie (1915 - 1999) representing the history of the Clyde. This was located at the main entrance, visible through a floor to roofline, two storey glass wall. Crosbie's paintings hang in all the major museums and galleries in Scotland as well as the Royal Collection and the British Museum in London, and in private collections throughout the United Kingdom and abroad.
The building was demolished in 2007. A new school was erected on the original playing fields, replacing the original building as part of South Lanarkshire's Schools modernisation programme. It officially opened in 2008. The new building was designed to be available to the community, incorporating indoor and outdoor sports facilities including a floodlit all-weather synthetic pitch, the home of the Friday Football Project.
The modernisation programme included the merger of Duncanrig Secondary School with Ballerup High School, retaining the name Duncanrig Secondary School, which was temporarily housed in the existing building until the new school was built.
Duncanrig hosts an annual concert titled "Rig Rock".
Website & app
- Visit the school website - http://www.duncanrig.s-lanark.sch.uk/
- Download the app on App Store for iOS devices - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/duncanrig-secondary-school/id1114881413?mt=8
Subjects taught at Duncanrig
- Art & Design
- Business Education
- Computing Science
- Craft & Design
- Graphic Communication (known as Graphic Rotation for 1st Year students)
- Home Economics
- Modern Studies
- Physical Education
- Personal and Social Education
- Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
- Lisa Cameron, clinical psychologist and Scottish National Party MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow since 2015
- Sir Basil Spence Archive Project
- Scotland Land Court. The Scots Law Times.
an action against Mrs Frances Anne Pollok owner of the farm Duncanrig
- Miles Glendinning; Ranald MacInnes; Aonghus MacKechnie (1996). A History of Scottish Architecture: From the Renaissance to the Present Day. Edinburgh University Press. pp. see p433. ISBN 0-7486-0741-2.
[a] theatrical air informed some of Spence's architectural commissions in those days such as Duncanrig Secondary School
- Brutalist Architecture in KL
- Holmhills Wood Community Park Action Group (HWCAG) (2005). PPP School Modernisation Projects and the Loss of Open Space in Scotland.
- Kenneth DavidsonAre public-private partnerships worth the risk?. 2003.
- "Obituary, 16 Jan 1999, Herald Sun Scotland".
- "Secondary schools modernisation programme". Retrieved 1 April 2011.
- "Duncanrig school website". Retrieved 14 March 2017.
- "Duncanrig Secondary School on the App Store - iTunes - Apple". Retrieved 14 March 2017.
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