Back to the land? School campaign promotes traditional jobs

A campaign is being launched to make traditional work such as fishing and farming more attractive to young people on St Helena. The Traditional Industries Campaign is to be tied in with teaching at Prince Andrew School. At the same time, a new policy to modernise apprenticeships is being developed by Enterprise St Helena (ESH). The campaign was prompted by […]

Pupils beat tough targets – but boys’ literacy is ‘unacceptable’

Children in St Helena’s primary schools have beaten a challenging target for improvements in English and maths. Figures for science are still being finalised. But three pupils did not take the Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) because of their “low current attainment”. Education director Colin Moore said he was deslighed, but added that girls were still […]

Maths expert Hema steps up to ease teacher shortage

A maths expert who has taught at university is being brought in to try to end severe problems with teaching the subject on St Helena. Ms Hema Soni was recruited after St Helena Government significantly improved the pay offer for the job, after the island was left without maths teachers because of illness and difficulties […]

Next Prince Andrew head brings his Saint family back home

The next head teacher at St Helena’s secondary school will be “coming home” after 20 years working away from the island. Paul Starkie is married to Lisa, who is St Helenian. They will also be bringing their son. He said: “Lisa, Zac and I are excited to be coming home, to see our family and […]

‘Our students make a difference in the world’ – new PAS head

Paul Starkie, the next head of Prince Andrew School on St Helena, gives a new twist to the old idea of teaching the 3 Rs. No longer do those much-used initials stand for reading, writing and arithmatic. On the website of his current school in Europe, he says they stand for: Respect for one another […]

Education failings ‘go back years’ – director promises action

Students on St Helena have been going into maths exams after months without qualified teaching. At a public meeting attended by 160 parents, staff and politicians, new director Colin Moore said failings in the island’s education system went back years – and promised strong action. Read a full transcript here. CATHERINE TURNER picks out the key points from the meeting. Colin […]

Maths crisis prompts appeal for teaching help

A teaching crisis at St Helena’s Prince Andrew School has prompted an extraordinary appeal for help from anyone with maths skills. It was put out after the island’s only full-time maths teacher fell ill – in the run-up to GCSE exams. According to The Sentinel newspaper, head teacher Abraham Swart has told parents that contingency […]

Economic dream needs better education, says director

St Helena has a “huge need” for better education if it is to create a viable economy, says the man who is stepping down as head of schooling on the island. In a farewell message, John Sullivan says everyone on the island needs to get behind efforts to improve standards – not just teachers and […]