Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 72423 34487
372423, 634487


Reid and Forbes, 1936. Art Deco style school; 2 blocks with flat roofs and towers. Harled brick with sandstone dressings. Base courses; moulded cills to 1st floor windows; eaves band courses; low relief detailing to towers and doors, seemingly derived from South American sources.


SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 2-storey symmetrical range with tower at centre and single storey blocks adjoining to outer left and right. Advanced open porch with broad canopy at centre; architraved doorway; decorative 2-leaf panelled doors; advanced blocks with 3 windows flanking porch, 3 windows (outer lights advanced) at 1st floor behind porch; tower above with canopied bell louvres and clock; Aztec style detailing. Ranges flanking tower with 3 large widnows to each floor; stylized doorpieces to outer left right of ranges with carved decorative panels above; decorative panels above; decorative 2-leaf panelled doors. Later lbocks adjoining to outer left.

NW (REAR) ELEVATION: 2-storey symmetrical range with advanced bay at centre and advanced single storey cloakroom blocks adjoining pavilions to outer left and right; band course at 1st floor lintol level. Steps up to doorway at centre; windows flanking doorway. 3 bays to left and right with large windows at ground, small windows at ground, smaller windows at 1st floor and 2-pane windows above band course. Windows at 1st floor to pavilion blocks.


SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: entrance tower with 9-bay range adjoining to right. Detailing of entrance tower similar to that of main clock tower; advnaced doorpiece and surround to stairwindow; moulded quoin strips. Polygonal corner window at ground to outer right. Windows to both floors in remaining bays.

SW ELEVATION: advanced ground floor with semi-circular block to outer right; architraved doorway with panelled 2-leaf doors; strip windows to ground and 1st floors.

NE ELEVATION: 3-bay range with partially glazed roof; later 4-bay range adjoining to right.

NW ELEVATION: 2 ranges advanced to form U-plan. Lying-pane fixed and casement metal windows with border glazing. Flat roof.

INTERIOR: foyer: glazed doors with Deco handles; geometric polished granite floor with decorative corner details; original light fittings; plain cornice.

Statement of Special Interest

Reid and Forbes specialised in designing Modern Movement schools with distinctive South American detailing, including the former Leith Academy, Niddrie Marischal School, Inverness Acadmey and Chirnside Primary School.



C McKean THE SCOTTISH THIRTIES (1987) p72, pp124-125; A MacMillan SIX SCOTISH BURGHS (1992), pp131-132.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

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