Old school’s past revealed
The Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust is trying to bring the neglected North Canongate School building back into public use.
Its study reveals the school – attended by some of the city’s poorest children – helped shape the Children’s Act of 1908.
Headteacher Andrew Young, who later became an MP, was a key witness to a House of Commons study which led to the ground-breaking legalisation being introduced.
The future of the building is in doubt after the council revealed it is in talks with a prospective new owner which would see it demolished.