Westmorland School was established in 1962 by a small group of parents interested in providing a quality education for their children, based on the PNEU System (Parents National Education Union), the source being Westmorland, England. The school is a non-profit, non-denominational, co-educational, and totally private institution, situated at Mt. Helicon on Marrast Hill, just outside of St. George’s. It began with sixteen (16) students. By 1970 it had grown to one hundred and eleven (111) children attending the school. The secondary section started in 1974. Since then, the school facilities have grown to accommodate the student population, which today, reaches over three hundred (300).
Westmorland School spans 3 acres, situated in one of the most beautiful and well-manicured gardens within the island of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique; home to rare plants and exotic flowers, a basketball court, science and computer laboratories, libraries, reading lab, playgrounds and lunchtime gazebos.
The school is home to a well-diversified faculty and student background, with many nationalities represented, and many languages spoken, including; Chinese, English, Spanish, Dutch, French and German. As well as our many gifted and tri-lingual students, Westmorland School also welcomes, and has successfully graduated students of various learning abilities, and capabilities, including those with learning disabilities. The school population is now split about 50/50 between local/regional students and international students from around the world including Europe, Asia, America, Africa, Australia. The faculty and staff of the school are international, tri-lingual, highly qualified and well-trained.
The school offers a comprehensive curriculum with emphasis on small classes and minimum teacher/student ratios. These small classes help to individualize each student’s learning process, and achieve maximum individual success resulting in overall high levels of success. The curriculum includes subjects from the foreign languages, arts, humanities, science, business and technical categories. Each course of study is typically presented in 40-minute sessions up to 4 times per week. The school year is divided into 3 semesters and spans 39 weeks.
Over the years, the curriculum has seen significant development with the inclusion of many subjects of the technical, business, vocational and performance realms. Subjects included over the years are: Information Technology, Technical Drawing, Building Technology, Principles of Accounts, Office Administration and Music. Efforts are underway to secure funding to develop a Home Economics laboratory to offer subjects like Food and Nutrition and Clothing and Textiles.
The objective of the school is to develop individual potential and to create an environment where students may acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to contribute a healthy society and sustainable economy. To develop these characteristics, the school focuses on intellectual, human, social, spiritual and career development.
Extra-curricular activities at the school include: Young Leaders, Junior Achievement, Debating, Knowledge Bowl, Brain Bee, Duke of Edinburg, Needle-Work, Football, Netball, Volleyball, Swimming, Tennis, Cricket, Table Tennis, Chess, Journalism, Reading and Japanese. The prestigious Global Young Leaders Conference held in Washington, DC, New York and Europe has been adequately and consistently represented by representatives from the Westmorland School well over a decade now.
In the areas of co-curricular activities, the school orchestra and drum corps are now taking center stage with donations of monies from PTA and other corporate sponsors for the purchase of drums and other instruments. There is a newly restructured Drum Corps with participants from both the junior and senior schools, which debuted at the Annual Athletics Sports in 2014.
Westmorland School is now repeat winners of the coveted SGU Knowledge Bowl Competitions and continue to perform outstandingly in it.
Graduates from this institution have won the Brain Bee competition and represented in Grenada at a national level. They have achieved finalist positions at RBTT Young Leaders and Junior Achievement programs, have won many awards in Art competitions and have been winners and finalists in both national Debating competitions and Knowledge Bowl competitions. Well-known is Westmorland School for producing superior swimmers who compete at a local, national, regional and even international level. Westmorland School has produced students who held titles including ‘Athlete of the Year’ and ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ and Youth Ambassadors and ‘Most Outstanding Young Leader’ among others.
By way of achievements, Westmorland School has held the Marryshow Cup ten (10) times since 1979. The Marryshow Cup award is bestowed on the top performance in the entire country at the CXC/CSEC examinations. The school achieves an average 90% and over pass rate at the CXC/CSEC examinations each year. This is the equivalent to a regional standardized assessment. In 1989, the Berger Paint Regional Award was awarded to the top performer in the CXC examinations in Grenada and in the region and that student was a Westmorland School graduate. In 2011, Westmorland held 3 of the top 10 performances in Grenada in the CXC examinations, achievements which are not unusual to the school. At a national level, student performances at the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) came into high commendation as well. Graduates of Westmorland attend top Ivy League colleges in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe and go on to represent Grenada in a variety of careers both locally and worldwide.
In addition to the academic, Westmorland School has made many strides in the area of sports with a well-known reputation for producing outstanding swimmers who go on to compete at the national and regional levels. In addition, the students’ performances in football has significantly improved over the years with Westmorland defeating other secondary schools in the annual Republic Bank Right Start competitions. Westmorland School has now produced 4 athletes who play on Grenada’s national male and female football teams. Table tennis, lawn tennis, netball and even boxing are now sporting events which see quality representation from the school.
Westmorland School is poised to continue to transform the educational landscape throughout Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique and the raise the bar. The partnerships developed with the private sector through private donations and corporate sponsorship is integral in its process of develop and frankly, directly related to its ability to succeed. Westmorland School will continue to be widely sought after as Grenadians and foreigners alike for the impact that its education has had on the community of the tri-island state.
A Westmorland student is not just driven academically; co-curricular activities are also encouraged and core values are taught. Westmorland School continues to be a beacon in Grenada growing from strength to strength.