'TO DEVELOP THE INTELLECTUAL, SOCIAL, SPIRITUAL, PHYSICAL AND CREATIVE POTENTIAL OF OUR STUDENTS SO THAT THEY MAY FUNCTION AS PRODUCTIVE AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS'
St. James Secondary School admitted its first students on the 17th of September 1979, with Mr. Warren Thorpe as the first Principal. It was officially opened by the Honourable Louis Tull, M.P., Minister of Education, on the 19th of September 1980.
The School is a co-educational institution with a dynamic curriculum which is enriched through a Guidance Programme and a number of extra-curricular activities. The student body ranges in age from 11 plus to age 17. Admission to the school is based on parent choice and student performance in the National Examination for determining entry to public secondary schools.
A radical departure in terms of curriculum innovation was made with the introduction of Edutech 2000 in September 2000. Under this programme, a major focus is placed on the use of computers in the learning and teaching environment. The emphasis is not on computers as such, but rather on a transformational approach to learning, using the computer and other technologies to aid the process.
Despite the challenges that confront a young school, St. James Secondary has had its moments of successes and glory. The School has won the Boys’ Division of Inter-School Sports no less than five times. Our students have been able to achieve to the point where they have been able to record successes in every sphere of activity: academic, cultural, sport and in multiple roles in community activities. Past students include Dr. Antonio Boyle, Miss Tanya Oxley, Pedro Collins, Fidel Edwards, Anthony Goodridge and Ryan Blackett. The contribution of past students to national development in a wide range of occupational endeavours, community service and in the social and religious development of our community, confirms the positive contribution the school is making.
We pay close attention to our motto – “Covet the best gifts” – as we seek to face the future. We have the confidence that with God being our helper and guide, we shall press on to greater accomplishments.