Wolmer's Schools

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Wolmer's Trust Schools
Wolmer's Schools in Jamaica, per coordinates
Wolmer's Schools in Jamaica, per coordinates
Wolmer's Trust Schools
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Coordinates17°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 typeSecondary school and
Preparatory School
MottoAge Quod Agis
FounderJohn Wolmer
School code01042/01043[1]
PrincipalDr.Walton Small
(Wolmer's Boys' School)
Mrs Colleen Montague
(Wolmer's Girls' School)
Mrs.Weida Saddler
(Wolmer's Prep School)
GradesKindergarten to 13
Age3 to 19
Campus typeUrban
School colour(s)Maroon and Gold
Nickname'The Maroons' or 'Maroon-clad Warriors'

Wolmer's Schools is in Kingston, Jamaica, and consists of Wolmer's Pre-School, Wolmer's Preparatory School and two high schools: Wolmer's Trust High School For Girls and Wolmer's Trust High School for Boys. While acknowledged as separate institutions, each school carries the same crest and motto, "Age Quod Agis", a Latin phrase which translates to 'whatever you do, do it to the best of your abilities'. The school is the oldest high-school in the Caribbean, being established in 1729 by John Wolmer. The schools closely resemble British schools of the 1950s more than those today, a trend that can be noted of the entire Jamaican schooling system.[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. The school offers a wide range of CSEC and CAPE subjects done at the fifth and sixth form levels respectively. It has been known for being the only all-boys school in Jamaica to be ranked in the top ten highs schools on the island; the girls' school is also ranked in the top ten high schools on the island. The high schools have been known to perform well in the sciences.

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". There are a lot of high achieving students that attend the Wolmer's Preparatory School and they have achieved because they have followed the meaning of the school's crest.

Rhodes Scholars[edit]

Since 1904, Wolmer's Schools has educated 23 Rhodes Scholars,[3] the most for any individual school in the Caribbean.

Since 1904, Wolmer's Schools has had the enviable heritage of producing 21 Rhodes Scholars who have gone on to lead in various capacities both locally and internationally.

Wolmerian Jamaica and Rhodes Scholars:

  • 1907 VALENTINE, G. E. - Jamaica
  • 1909 NETHERSOLE, John M - Rhodes (Keble)
  • 1910 MERCIER, Frederick C. - Rhodes (Jesus)
  • 1911 STEPHENSON, Daniel P. - Rhodes (Lincoln)
  • 1914 FERGUSON, V. L. - Jamaica
  • 1918 LOCKETT, Maynard V. - Rhodes (St. John's)
  • 1923 WHITTLE, D. L - Jamaica
  • 1925 PRICE, E.W. - Jamaica
  • 1929 ROYES, Kenneth C. - Rhodes (Wadham)
  • 1932 SLEEM, K.A. - Jamaica
  • 1933 BURROWES, James T. - Rhodes (St. John's)
  • 1937 MARTIN, S. L. - Jamaica
  • 1938 STREET, S.P. - Jamaica
  • 1938 LEVY, Roy - Rhodes (St. John's)
  • 1940 MARTIN, Ronald Brown - Rhodes(Brasenose).
  • 1941 BURROWES, William D - Rhodes (St. John's).
  • 1946 BONITTO, John H. D. - Rhodes (Queen's)
  • 1949 WYNTER, Hector L. - Rhodes (Exeter)
  • 1950 MARKES, J. H. - Jamaica
  • 1952 DICKSON, Roy W. - Rhodes (Exeter)
  • 1953 BOGLE, Donald L. - Rhodes (Brasenose).
  • 1959 THAMES, Henry Earl - Rhodes (New College)
  • 1970 ALEXANDER, George H. - Rhodes (Balliol)
  • 1975 MORRISON, Cecil D. -Rhodes (Balliol)
  • 1976 MORDECAI, Jeffrey S. - Rhodes (St. Catherine's)
  • 1985 GOLDSON, Peter S. -Rhodes (St. John's)
  • 1986 ABEL, Evan Dale - Rhodes (Green College)
  • 1988 McBEAN, David -Rhodes (St, John's)
  • 1988 McDONALD, Sheldon -Jamaica
  • 2000 HANCHARD, Neil -Rhodes (Green)
  • 2015 PARKER, Tariq - Jamaica


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, culture and Entertainment

Business, finance and Politics.



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

  • Ellis Wolfe (Blue)
  • William Crosse (Red)
  • Thomas Harrison (Yellow)
  • William Patterson (Green)
  • Edward Hanna (Purple)
  • Sir Florizel Glasspole (White)

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)


  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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