Old school’s past revealed

New details about a former Old Town school’s contribution to history have been revealed.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 14th October 2011, 1:04 pm

The Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust is trying to bring the neglected North Canongate School building back into public use.

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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.