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Friday, 17 June 2011
Top of the Classes
Scarp lies to the west of North Harris. Its last permanent residents left in 1971. The highest population recorded was 213 in the 1881 Census. The School, pictured above, must have started around then and finally closed in 1967. The number of pupils who achieved eminent positions from this school was remarkably high - owing, perhaps, to several outstanding teachers, insular genetic factors, the lack of distractions for pupils, an urge to leave the island well-qualified and equipped? Read more about Angus Duncan, one of Scarp's school-teachers.