Warwick Academy

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Warwick Academy
117 Middle Road Warwick, Bermuda PG01
Bermuda Bermuda
Funding type Private
Motto Quo Non Ascendam meaning, "To what heights may I not ascend?"
Established 1662
Principal Margaret McCorkell
Grades 1-12
Newspaper The Bear

Warwick Academy is the oldest school in Bermuda and one of the oldest in the Western Hemisphere, established in 1662.[1] It was named after the English colonial administrator Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick, who gave the original land.[2]

The school[edit]

Warwick Academy was formerly a government-aided (a privately owned school, with its own board of governors, operating as part of the public school system in exchange for government funding) secondary school but since 1992 it has been an independent mixed-sex day school for students aged 5 to 19.[3] According to the school's Student Handbook, it has a reputation for high academic standards and positive discipline.[4] It is divided into a Primary school and a Secondary school. The school's motto is "Quo Non Ascendam". The current Principal is Mrs Maggie McCorkell.[5]


In addition to the usual GCSE and IGCSE courses, based on the UK national curriculum, the school also offers the IB Diploma in years 12 and 13.[6]

Every student is required to take part in at least two extra-curricular activities.[4] Community service is compulsory in years 7 to 9.

Dress code[edit]

The school has a strict dress code. Boys up to year 9 must wear khaki short pants above the knee, with navy long socks, from 1 May to 30 November. During the remainder of the year, dark-grey, long trousers are worn. A white, collared shirt is worn with the school's unique, striped tie. A dark-blue, v-necked sweater is worn, and a dark-blue blazer, with the schools's crest. Girls' uniforms are similar, except for dark-blue, long trousers or skirts.


There is a disciplinary system based on demerit points. Accumulated demerits must be worked off by attending Saturday detention or by doing work for the issuing teacher. The handbook states: "It is only through firm, fair, and consistent enforcement of our rules that we will create the proper atmosphere in the school."[7] More serious punishments include in-school suspension, strapping (corporal punishment)[8] and expulsion. There is also a positive merit points system for outstanding work, top test results, etc. These are exchanged for rewards or prizes.


Coordinates: 32°16′35″N 64°47′38″W / 32.2765°N 64.7940°W / 32.2765; -64.7940