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TitleEducation and School Records for Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire
DescriptionEducation and school records for Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and the former counties of Banffshire and Kincardineshire. The collections are generally divided into log books, admission registers, and other records.

The collection has been divided up as follows:
Records for schools open in 1975 (some have since closed):
ED/GR6S/A - records for schools in Aberdeen City
ED/GR6S/B - records for schools in the former Grampian District of Banff and Buchan
ED/GR6S/G - records for schools in the former Grampian District of Gordon
ED/GR6S/K - records for schools in the former Grampian District of Kincardine and Deeside
ED/GR6SP - records for Special Schools

Records for schools closed before 1975 are in the following series:
ED/AT5 - records for schools in Aberdeen City
ED/ATS5 - records for special schools in Aberdeen City
ED/AC5 - records for schools in Aberdeen County
ED/BC5 - records for schools in Banff County
ED/KC5 - records for schools in Kincardine County

ED/1049 - Grampian Regional Council Education Department: Slides of various research centres in Aberdeenshire
ED/1154 - Grampian Regional Council Education Department: Records relating to the opening of schools and other facilities

Moray area records were returned to the Moray Council in March 2017.

For Aberdeenshire Schools electronic leavers registers are held for 1998-2006, 2007-2009, 2010-2014 (accessions 1174 and 1898).
Related MaterialFurther details on the administration of schools under local authority control may be found in the records of School Boards, Education Authorities and Council Education Committees. All of these records are held at the Old Aberdeen branch of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives.

CA/25 Aberdeen City School Board, Education Authority and Town Council Education Committee
ASActy/5 Aberdeen County Education records
ASBcty/5 Banff County Education records
ASKcty/5 Kincardine County Education records
AS/AS Aberdeen County School Boards,
AS/BS Banff County School Boards
AS/KS Kincardine County School Boards

Information on some schools which operated before the establishment of the school boards may be gleaned from the organisation which administered the school. In particular, information on schools managed by churches may be found in the records of kirk sessions, held in the National Archives of Scotland (formerly known as the Scottish Record Office), and further information on Aberdeen Grammar School before 1872 and the Town's English School may be found in the records of Aberdeen Town Council, held in the Town House branch of the City Archives.

In contrast, there are few records of the many private schools in operation in the nineteenth-century, beyond the advertisements in the local press. One surviving snapshot of the number and type of schools operating in Aberdeen are the 1833 Schools Returns held in the City Archives. These returns provide statistics on pupil numbers and information on the curriculum and teachers in the day schools, evening schools and Sabbath schools in Aberdeen in 1833. Contact the Town House branch of the City Archives for further details.
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