Our School

Some history of the school and it’s site

After many enquiries in libraries and museums, it appears that Pirniehall originally consisted of two or three cottages, which stood for about one hundred years where Pennywell Road meets with Ferry Road

It is likely that the tenants were occupied in spinning and weaving. The Spool or Pirn was a vital part of the old hand machines. The Pirn seemed an appropriate choice as one of the two main features of our school badge. The Oyster Catcher, in the foreground, also has historical, local significance. Until a few years ago this handsome, industrious seashore bird, distinctly coloured black white and red, was still common on the shore Marine Drive and the recreation fields along Ferry Road.

Since these colours coincide with The City of Edinburgh’s black, white and red, we hope to foster a sense of belonging to the local and wider city communities as well as encouraging our pupils respect for living things and the need to care for them.

Pirniehall is a non-denominational school covering the stages P1-P7 and nursery class.
In August 2002 we were delighted to have a brand new school built on the original site as part of the Public Private Partnership initiative. We are happy to share this site with St. David’s Roman Catholic school with which we are fostering connections. Although we are two distinct schools with our own head-teachers, we share a dining room, astro-turf, outdoor sports area, nursery play area and an environmental garden. We look forward to these facilities, as well as organised events throughout the school session, to provide exciting opportunities for both school communities to work co-operatively.


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