Wolmer's Schools

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The Wolmer's Schools
Wolmer's Crest.jpg
Age Quod Agis

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Kingston 4

Wolmer's Schools is located in Jamaica
Wolmer's Schools
Coordinates 17°59′10″N 76°47′12″W / 17.9860805°N 76.7865694°W / 17.9860805; -76.7865694Coordinates: 17°59′10″N 76°47′12″W / 17.9860805°N 76.7865694°W / 17.9860805; -76.7865694
School type Secondary schoolx2 & Prep School
Founded 1729
Founder John Wolmer
Status Open
School code 01042/01043[1]
Principal Dr.Walton Small (Wolmer's Boys')
Grades Kindergarten to 13
Gender Boys/Girls/Co-ed
Age 3 to 19
Campus type Urban
School colour(s) Maroon and Gold
Nickname Wolmer's

Wolmer's Schools, located in Kingston, Jamaica consists of Wolmer's Pre-School, Wolmer's Prep School and two high schools, Wolmer's Girls' School and Wolmer's Trust High School for Boys. The original school is the second oldest (Combermere in Barbados was established in 1695) English speaking school in the Caribbean. The Wolmer's Schools are considered among Jamaica's most prestigious schools, with a traditional British-style uniform, a Christian ethos in which the schools forces its beliefs on to studens. The schools more closely resemble British schools of the 1950s than of today.[2]


At the secondary school level, Wolmer's Schools follows the traditional English grammar school model used throughout the British West Indies, which incorporates the optional year 12 and 13, collectively known as Sixth Form. The first year of secondary school is regarded as first form, or year seven, and the subsequent year groups are numbered in increasing order up to sixth form. Students in the upper sixth form (year thirteen) are prepared for their GCE A-level examinations, however the option exists to sit exams after completing lower sixth form (year 12).

School crest[edit]

The Wolmer's Schools Crest is a replica of the original School Seal from the 1700s and represents "The Sun of Learning bursting through the Cloud of Ignorance".

Rhodes Scholars[edit]

Since 1904, Wolmer's Schools has educated 23 Rhodes Scholars.[3]


Wolmer's Boys School is among the worlds great cricketing schools and has been referred to locally as the "University of Cricket" having the most wins of the Sunlight Cup for Inter Scholastic Under 19 Cricket. Moreover, the school continues to produce cricketers that have represented Jamaica and the West Indies Cricket Team. The School is noted in cricket in the West Indies for having produced six test wicket-keepers. The Daily Telegraph once wrote: "One school: six Test wicket-keepers. There has never been any nurturing like it.".[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

Arts and culture

Business and finance



There are seven houses at Wolmer's Boys' School:

  • Ellis Wolfe (Blue)
  • William Crosse(Red)
  • Thomas Harrison (Gold)
  • William Patterson(Green)
  • Edward Hanna(Purple)
  • Sir Florizel Glasspole(White)
  • Dr Ludlow Moodie(yellow)

There are four houses at Wolmer's Preparatory and Pre-School:

  • Skempton(Blue)
  • Alberga(Red)
  • Bloomfield(Green)
  • Moody(Yellow)

There are six houses at Wolmer's Trust High School for Girls

  • Forbes(Yellow)
  • Murray(Purple)
  • Cowper(Green)
  • Barrows(Blue)
  • Howson(Red)
  • Hollar(Orange)


The nickname "the Maroons" is based on the school's official colours of Maroon & Gold.


  1. ^ "Directory of Public Educational Institutions" (PDF). Ministry of Education, Jamaica. 10 October 2005. p. 2. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  2. ^ " British pupils sent to Jamaican school", BBC News, 11 March 2002
  3. ^ "Register of Jamaican Rhodes Scholars". 2002. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "West Indies a small world of cricketing connections", Scyld Berry, The Daily Telegraph, 15 March 2004

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