Westmorland School was founded in 1962, by a small group of parents from four families (the Braithwaite, Comissiong, Degale and McIntosh families) who were interested in providing the best possible education for their children. The families met to see if they could run a school based on the PNEU System (Parents National Education Union). The source of this system was Westmorland, England; hence the name of the school. Textbooks and instructions on how to teach the curriculum were dispatched by mail to the parents and the answers returned similarly.
As the numbers in the school grew, the system proved extremely difficult for unqualified parents trying to teach sixteen (16) children, with ages ranging from six to ten years old. They continued to struggle until a former head mistress in England; Mrs. Beryl Ball, arrived on the island in the early 1970’s, and consented to be Principal.
Mrs Ball and some members of those families that founded the school then joined together, they were able to put a proper school structure in place.
In the mid 1970’s the volunteering parents, with the help of generous bankers, were able to build the school facility in Tempe St Georges. A secondary department was later added as the founding children grew older, and more children enrolled in the school.
Using the motto “To keep our Standards Ever High, to live as we are taught”. The school has grown from strength to strength. In 2012, we celebrated our 50th Jubilee anniversary.