St James Primary School (Former), 88, Green Street, Calton

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General Details and Location

Name of Building
St James Primary School (Former)
Other Name(s)
St James Public School (Former)
88, Green Street, Calton
Planning Authority
Divisional Area
Reference No
Listing Category
OS Grid Ref
NS 60329 64416
Location Type
HS Reference No


Board school. Occupies street corner site. Tall 3-storey block, symmetrical front to Green Street, 3 + 3 + 3 bays, advanced centre; stone-cleaned snecked red Dumfriesshire ashlar, polished dressings, flat ornament, renaissance detailing to 1st floor openings; raised panel over centre; original glazing pattern, an individual design; entrances in deeply recessed bays on shorter flanks; at rear, big centre wing, its end semi-polygonal on plan. Individual slate roofs with red-tile ridging. 2-storey janitors LODGE at SE corner of playground, compact on plan, some render patches in stonework. Decorative wrought-iron gates and railings, low stone coping. (Historic Scotland)
Building Dates
Circa 1895
Thomson and Sandilands

Category of Risk and Development History

Category of Risk
Exemptions to State of Risk
Field Visits
12/10/2010, 10/6/2014, 5 Jul 2017
Development History
October 2010: External inspection finds the school and janitor‘s house vacant and boarded up. At present, it appears to be in good condition, though plants are beginning to appear at higher levels. St James Primary School was closed towards the end of 2009 when students were transferred to another primary school nearby.
25 October 2013: Local planners report the building remains disused but in good condition.
10 June 2014: External inspection finds the building in deteriorating condition. The spread of moss and water penetration across elevation is significant. Condition moved to Poor and Risk to Moderate. Glasgow City Council has prepared Area Development Framework (ADF) as part of its commitment in the East End Local Development Strategy. The ADF (2012) views the school site as key to unlocking the potential of south east Calton. The ADF goes on to note that Glasgow City Council is keen to encourage a temporary re-use of the school building whilst longer term opportunities for introducing housing could be explored in the context of a masterplan approach.
5 July 2017: External inspection finds the building remains disused and in deteriorating condition. Slate loss/ slippage is evident across the roof pitches. Widespread dampness is evident to all walls and vegetation growth has taken a hold on the building and is starting to establish within the surrounding playground.
29 November 2017: City Property Glasgow website notes the forthcoming marketing of the former school site for sale.
5 March 2018: The property is under marketing for sale through City Property Glasgow.
28 October 2019: Various news websites (Scotsman; The Herald) report on a potential project to restore and re-use the former school into Glasgow's fourth Gaelic School. Glasgow City Council is reported to be exploring options to secure funding towards the projects.
16 March 2022: Glasgow Times reports (12/03/2022) that building will be renovated into a Gaelic Medium Education centre and is due to open in 2024. The article goes on to note the project will cost around £16 million and will include 12 teaching spaces and two general purpose spaces.

Guides to Development

Conservation Area
Planning Authority Contact
PAC Telephone Number
0141 287 5492


Current Availability
Appointed Agents
Occupancy Type
Present/Former Uses
Name of Owners
Glasgow City Council
Type of Ownership
Local Authority

Information Services

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