Grangemouth middle schools

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Two middle schools operated in Grangemouth, Central region, in Scotland between 1974 and 1988. They were the only two such schools in the whole of Scotland. Grangemouth remains the only area of Scotland where experimentation in three-tier education was ever tried.


The first mooting of the possibility of three-tier education in Grangemouth came shortly after the publication of a Scottish Education Department circular in 1965 which invited local authorities to indicate how they intended to go about re-structuring their secondary education systems along comprehensive lines

Stirlingshire Education Authority undertook discussion with the Scottish Education Department to remove various legal obstacles to the setting up of the schools. It was not until August 1975 that the scheme was fully realised.

Legal obstacles

In common with England and Wales until 1964, there was no provision in education legislation for education provision to be made through anything other than a primary or a secondary school. Similarly, other legislation related to these definitions which were to be altered by Stirlingshire's experimental plans.

School status

While in England and Wales, the government sought to classify all Middle schools as either primary or secondary, depending on their age ranges, in Scotland, the Education Act 1969 sought to remove the classification barrier by using the generic term "school education" for the full...
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