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Pollok House
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Kennedy Street Junior Secondary, 1955

Burrell Collection Photo Library, 1955 Survey

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Kennedy Street Junior Secondary, 1955
p>Kennedy Street Junior Secondary School, 1955.

In 1955 there were forty-eight junior secondary schools in Glasgow. These schools provided a basic three-year course of education for children until they reached the statutory school leaving age of fifteen and could get a job.

There were also thirty-one senior secondary and comprehensive schools in the city. Senior secondaries were for more academic children, who would stay at school until they were seventeen or eighteen. Entry to junior and senior secondaries was on the basis of selection at age twelve. Comprehensives took pupils without selection and offered the whole range of secondary courses. Although there were only a few comprehensives in 1955, they were later to become far more numerous as popular opinion swung against the idea of selection.

In 1955 Partick Camera Club set out to create a photographic survey of Glasgow. As the project progressed, other camera clubs joined and each was allocated a district of the city to photograph. Glasgow Museums exhibited the photographs at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and at the People's Place, and in 1956 the exhibition was shown at the Palace of Art in Bellahouston Park. The photographs are now part of Glasgow Museums' collections.

Reference: 1005.97.295 / OG.1955.121.[240 or 241]

Reproduced with the permission of thePartick Camera Club

boys, girls, Glasgow Photographic Survey 1955, junior secondary schools, Kennedy Street Junior Secondary School, secondary education, women

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