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History - Extracts from our School Logbook

Crawforddyke Primary School first opened its doors to pupils on Monday 26th August 1957. 521 pupils enrolled, most of who had been transferred from the Primary Department of Carluke Higher Grade School.

Thirteen classes were formed and the head teacher was Mr Allan Wallace M.A. He noted in the school logbook at the end of the first week "classes have settled" and "work was proceeding in a most encouraging way."

Councillor William MacLachlan conducted the official opening of the school on Saturday 7th September 1957. "With its equipment, finish and beauty, it was simply breathtaking to the parents who saw through it and contrasted it in memory with the accommodation of their own school days."

The school remained under Mr Wallace's headship until June 1972 - the log book simply noting, "This is the last entry made by Mr Allan Wallace who retires as from the commencement of the next session."


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Mr Wallace, Mr Proudfoot and Mr Cleland with the boys football team in 1960.


Mr Swallow was Crawforddyke's next head teacher - holding this position until January 1982 - Miss Charlotte Crawford having been acting head teacher for some months due to Mr Swallow's absence through illness.


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What a catch!

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More sporting awards in June 1980.

Mr Francis Mitchell took up the position in January 1982 and remained in post until December 2000. On 22.12.00 he noted in the school logbook - "Finally I thank God for giving me the privilege of being head teacher of Crawforddyke Primary and Nursery these past nineteen years."

Mrs Marjorie Maule took up the position of Head Teacher on 20th February 2001.

A further chapter in the history of our school took place when Staff and pupils moved into the new building on Monday 26th October 2010, with the Official Opening Ceremony taking place on Friday 2nd December 2011. 

Mrs Maule retired in April 2011. Mrs Marion Girdwood took on the role of Acting Head Teacher until January 2012 when Mrs Angela Gibson became the new, and current, Head Teacher.