Deanburn Primary School

Deanburn Primary School was built in 1969/73 to serve the new housing being built on the south-western suburbs of Bo’ness.  It stands on the top of the ridge with magnificent views along the Forth and the steep-sided valley of the Dean Burn to its east.  Designed by Lane, Bremner & Garnett, it consisted of a series of single-storey flat-roofed pavilions with concrete panel plinths, brown brick walls and wooden fascias with monopitched roof-lights providing vertical emphasis.

During work on the school roof in 2002 a fire broke out in the kitchen area.  Fanned by winds of up to 100mph it soon spread and a sizeable section of the school was devastated.  The 2005 replacement for the main block integrated a number of sustainable elements, including a rainwater harvesting system, “breathing walls” using recycled newspaper as insulation, and energy generation through its own wind turbine.  A weather station added another dimension to the learning process.  The work was undertaken by Marshall, Morison & Associates with Enconsult Engineers and cost in the region of £3 million.

Illus 2: The 2005 Main Block looking south-east.
Date ArrivedHeadteacherDate LeftNo. Pupils
1970James Vallance1987
William Banks
Mrs C FraserPresent

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G.B. Bailey, 2023