Shiaboist is situated on the West Side of Lewis and is around twenty
miles from Stornoway. It is a bilingual community school, the present
modern building having been opened in 1992. The school caters for
pupils between 5 and 14 years of age and currently has a roll of 86
pupils. There are seven permanent teachers and a large number of
visiting staff. The primary department has a Gaelic Medium unit and
pupils can also opt for Gaelic Medium teaching in selected subjects in
the secondary. As well as its own primary department, the school has
three associated primary schools, Barvas, Bragar and Carloway which
transfer pupils to the secondary department after P7.
The museum is now located in the new
community centre, Ionad na Seann Sgoil, a hundred metres to the north
of the school. For many years the Harris Tweed Industry has provided
employment for the local people. There are two tweed mills in the
school catchment area, one in Shawbost and the other in Garenin.
school lies on West Side "tourist route" with its famous visitor
attractions such as the Callanish Stones, Carloway Broch, Garenin
Blackhouse Village, Shawbost Norse Mill and the Sgoil Shiaboist Museum
which was set up thirty years ago.
school enjoys high class facilities such as a community library, games
hall, swimming pool and an outdoor football park. It is well used by
members of the community, especially during the winter.