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The first record of a Parish School in Dyke was made in the diary belonging to Lord Brodie in 1653. The Parish School in the 18th Century taught English, Writing, Arithmetic, Latin, Mensuration, Land-surveying, Geometry and Bookkeeping.

The Schoolhouse

The schoolhouse with a floored schoolroom was rebuilt and reslated in 1785.

In the early 1900’s Dyke Primary School was a Junior Secondary School catering for children between the ages of 5 and 15 years.

Children from the then Kintessack Primary School used to transfer to Dyke Junior Secondary School to complete their education.

Examinations

Academic pupils at Dyke sat the qualifying examination and transferred to Nairn or Forres to further their education.

No school buses ran in those days, the pupils travelled to Nairn or Forres by bicycle or train.

Dyke Secondary

Dyke Junior Secondary lasted until the early 1960’s when it was down graded and modernised, becoming Dyke Primary School.

In the mid-1960s the other two primary schools in the area, Conicavel and Kintessack, were closed and the pupils transferred to Dyke.

Rex Gallorum

To remind us of harsher times, a relic of Dyke School remains in Kingussie Museum.

This is a tin crown marked “Rex Gallorum” and was given for cock fighting organised by the Dominie (Head Teacher) every Shrove Tuesday (Easter Eve).

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