Queen's Royal College

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Queen's Royal College
TnT PoS M7-1 Queen's Royal College.jpg
QRC Main Building as seen from Queen's Park Savannah
19 Maraval Road

Queen's Park West
Port of Spain

Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago
Former namesQueen's Collegiate School and Stuart Grammar School
Funding typeGovernment-assisted
MottoCertant Omnes Sed Non Omnibus Palmam
(All strive, but the prize is not for all)
Religious affiliation(s)Non-religious
Patron saint(s)Monarch of the British Empire Queen Victoria(20 June 1837 – 22 January 1901)
Established1859; 163 years ago (1859)
PrincipalDavid Simon
Years offered7 years
EnrollmentApproximately 725 (in 2010)
Average class size25
Schedule type6 day cycle
Campus sizeappx. 9 acres - 392,024 ft²
Campus typesprawling urban
HousesNaipaul Murray

Williams Mottley Gran Gibbon

James Phillip
Student Union/AssociationStudent Body Government-Elected Yearly
Color(s)Royal blue
SloganMagnum est QRC (great is the college)
SongSons of this Royal School Rejoice
SportsFootball, Rugby, Field Hockey, Water Polo, Tennis, Dragon Boat Racing, Cricket, Track and Field, Chess, Checkers , Scrabble.
NicknameRoyalian / Blue Bloods
RivalNo Equals
NewspaperThis week at QRC (digital mad by QRC PTA)
Communities servedInter-school Christian Fellowship, Hindu Student Group,
AffiliationGovernment of Trinidad & Tobago
Alumni nameOld Boys Association
Nobel laureatesV. S. Naipaul

Queen's Royal College (St.Clair, Trinidad), referred to for short as QRC, or "The College" by alumni, is a secondary school in Trinidad and Tobago. Originally a boarding school and grammar school, the secular college is selective and noted for its German Renaissance architecture, academic performance and alumni representation in sports, politics and science in Trinidad and Tobago and globally.


The origin of QRC goes back to the Stuart Grammar School, at the corner of Duke and Edward Street in Port of Spain, whose Principal was Edward Stuart.[1] In 1859, when a new "collegiate school" was being contemplated, Stuart was invited by the colonial government to be part of the enterprise. The Queen's Collegiate School opened later that year opposite what is now Lord Harris Square, then known as Billiards Orchard. QRC was originally a fee paying (British public school American private) school and was expressly secular.

The intention was, as Governor Arthur Hamilton-Gordon told the Legislative Council in 1870, "that its advantages should be open to those of every race and every religion, and that the education given should be of a decidedly superior character."

In 1870, the school became the Queen's Royal College and was housed in the supper room of the Prince's Building.

When the Government Farm moved from St Clair in 1899, part of the land was reserved as a new home for QRC through the intervention of acting Governor Sir Micah Fields.

The school, referred to in those days as Royal College, had 120 pupils, who did not wear a uniform but had to wear a hat or cap bearing the college crest. They learned algebra, geometry, arithmetic, Latin, French, English, geography, history and Greek or Spanish.

Today in Queen's Royal College uniforms are worn, and QRC projects and involvements usually involve a blue theme, due to the uniform of blue shirt jack and long khaki pants. In 2009, the school implemented a new dress uniform for formal occasions.

Its principal is David Simon.[2]

Architecture and history of the main block[edit]

The foundation stone was laid on 11 November 1902 by Courtney Knollys, who was the acting Governor of the day. The structure was designed by Daniel M. Hahn, who was Chief Draughtsman of the Public Work Department and an Old Boy of Queen's Royal College, during the period when the school was housed at the Princess Building. He is also noted for designing the nations Parliament building the Red House. The architecture of the building is German Renaissance in style, evident by the solid appearance. Constructed at a cost of 15000 British pounds, 1,845,000.00 British pounds adjusted for inflation, the original building accommodated six classes for 30 boys each. The lecture hall could hold over five hundred persons at a time.

General information[edit]

Queen's Royal College Clock Tower in January 2015

The main building itself is one of the Magnificent Seven, a group of historic buildings built in the early 1900s. The North and South buildings, known as the North Block and Science Block respectively, were built during the late 1930s. The school has its own pavilion and canteen, both located on the edge of its field, used in all seasons for various sports.


West Block of Queen's Royal College 2007, Port of Spain

Queen's Royal College, as a secondary school in Trinidad & Tobago consists of classes from Form One through Form Six. The school can be termed a "seven-year" school but qualification into Form Six is based on the student's performance at the CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) examinations. Classes are categorized by name according to the word "ROYAL" but excludes the letter "A" perhaps due to the stigma of an "A" and the negative effects of a stratified class system based on student academic performance. Form One consists of three classes, 1R, 1O and 1Y whereas, Forms 2 through 5 consists of xR, xO, xY and xL where x represents the class number. All students in each class from forms 2-upper 6 are in the same school house. External students can also gain access into the Sixth Form Level based on their qualifications and other academic factors. On average, up to ten external students enter the Sixth Form level per year.

Subjects offered at Form Six level[edit]

The following subjects apply to both Lower Six (year one) and Upper Six (year two). Subjects are usually divided into Unit 1 and Unit 2 with the exclusion of Caribbean Studies which is usually assigned to the first year in Form Six or Lower Six and Communication Studies to the second year in Form Six or Upper Six. All subjects are of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) format and students are allowed to do a minimum of four subjects, but exceptions are sometimes accepted.

As of July 2012

  • Caribbean Studies
  • Communication Studies

Notable alumni[edit]

School House System[edit]

House Naipaul Murray( Yellow)
House Gran Gibbon(Red)
House Williams Mottley (Green)

All students in each class from forms 2-upper 6 are in the same school house. The Houses are named after the most notable alumni of the college.

e.g. House Naipaul Murray is named after Sir Vidia Naipaul FRAS TC and Deryck Murray.

Houses compete in internal Competitions Cross Country and 'One Lap Savannah,' to win points for their house leading up to Sports Day. Sports Day is a yearly series of competitive games in track and field, water polo, marathon and March Pass. Leading up to Sport Day each house has designated days for bake sales to raise funds for march pass uniforms. House captains are appointed to organize athletes and train persons in marching. Teachers are also designated houses yearly based on the house of their form class. It is customary for all form one students to March, forms 2-upper 6 it is voluntary. Houses also compete in the yearly Royal Games that include Royal League (Soccer) and Royal Hoops (Basketball).[6]

House James Phillip (Blue)

Sports and Clubs Offered[edit]


A variety of sports are offered by the college they are often sponsored by a local or international corporate body, the sports offered include:

  1. Football
  2. Rugby
  3. Rowing (Dragon Boat Racing)
  4. Water Polo
  5. Field Hockey
  6. Basketball
  7. Chess
  8. Cricket


  1. Photography Club
  2. Debate Club
  3. Environmental Club
  4. Inter School Christian Fellowship (ISCF)
  5. Hindu Community
  6. Music Club
  7. Scout Troup 1 (Oldest in the Carribean)
  8. Fitness club
  9. Chess Club
  10. School Band

(More may be present but not stated above)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ George Alleyne, "QRC celebrates 150 years", Newsday, 8 April 2009.
  2. ^ "Queen's Royal College Staff Listing". Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  3. ^ C. L. R. James, Chapter 2, "Against the Current", Beyond a Boundary (1963).
  4. ^ Smith, Roberta (2018). "Kynaston McShine, Curator of Historic Art Exhibitions, Dies at 82", The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  5. ^ Clint Chan Tack, "Sir Vidia cherishes school days", Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, 16 April 2007.
  6. ^ "QRC.edu". www.qrc.edu. Retrieved 2022-08-08.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 10°40′07″N 61°31′09″W / 10.6687°N 61.5193°W / 10.6687; -61.5193