Bressay Primary School & Nursery closed in 2014.

The school had provided education to Bressay’s youngsters since 1876, but it had also offered a focal point for the community, a way for new families to integrate in to the community and opportunities for locals; children, parents, neighbours, grandparents to come together for fundraising, social or celebratory events.

In December 2015 Bressay Development Ltd took on the lease of the empty school from Shetland Islands Council in an attempt to reclaim the building as a community asset and with the aim to fill some of the gaps left when the school closed.

Today the school building is home to the bright and welcoming Speldiburn Café (opened June 2016), art and craft studio spaces available to rent, art exhibition space, the popular Speldiburn GAN Shop, a community lending library, RAM Knitwear & artist Aimee Labourne's studios, the Bressay Under 5s group and Bressay Development Ltd.’s community office.

We are pleased that the school once again has a role in Bressay folk’s lives. Islanders bring recycling, browse the GAN Shop, eat lunch with friends in the café and take part in evening classes and events held in the school. Many also help as volunteers in the café or elsewhere in the building, painting, gardening and assisting us to put on big events.

For enquires, bookings or general information please contact us

Inside The School

Speldiburn Cafe

Bressay's new café situated within the former primary school! Join us for delicious lunches, soups, toasted sandwiches and filled rolls, and a selection of soft drinks, teas, coffees and cakes.


Good as New Shop

The Speldiburn GAN Shop has an ever-changing range of great quality items for sale. Open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 12.30 – 2.30. Current stock includes cookware, glasses and china, lovely handbags and a brilliant selection of clothing, books and jewellery.


Art and Craft Studios

There are four individual studio spaces available to rent within a large bright former classroom with natural lighting and public exhibition space available.


Community Office

Bressay Development Ltd uses its Community Office as its base to manage the school facilities as well as other project development, promotion and marketing.


Rooms to Let

Bressay Development Ltd may have rooms to let in the school, please contact us for further details.


Venue Hire

School building room hire rate 2017


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