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 […]

Vet student Rebecca sails to fulfil her dream

Rebecca holds a white lamb

Five or six years from now, St Helena’s animals may be in the care of the island’s first home-grown, fully qualified veterinary surgeon. Rebecca Lawrence, of Cowpath, has won a Commonwealth Scholarship to study veterinary medicine and surgery at the University of Nottingham. Competition for the scholarship is strong but Rebecca’s achievement is especially significant, […]

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 […]

Shayla’s degree gives island a first class hat trick

Shayla Ellick of Cow Path has become the third St Helenian student to be awarded a first class honours degree in the space of a fortnight. The announcement of her degree from the University of Hertfordshire in England comes after Kimberley Yon-Roberts – also of Cow Path – and Gareth Drabble of Levelwood learned of […]

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 […]

Gareth and Kimberley win first class honours

Gareth Drabble of Levelwood and Kimberley Yon-Roberts of Cow Path will be returning to St Helena later this year clutching first class honours degrees from the University of Bedfordshire. Gareth studied computer networking and Kimberley’s degree is in media production. Their studies were made possible under the post-school scholarship programme. Read more on the St […]

What the nurse said to the governor: Andrew Gurr looks back

When Andrew Gurr arrived on St Helena in 2007 as the first governor to be appointed through open competition, he found an island civil service that was financially adrift. It needed to undergo surgery – and so, later on, did Mr Gurr himself. In the fourth and final extract of an address to the Friends […]

Edie and Joe receive MBEs in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Edie Timm of St Helena and Joe Green of Tristan da Cunha have both been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2012. They appear in the official list as follows: Mrs Edith May Timm, formerly Chief Education Officer, St Helena, for services to education and to the community in St Helena. […]

We’ll help island teachers end years of failings, says director

St Helena’s own teachers must be properly trained and rewarded if severe problems in the island’s schools are to be resolved, according to its new director of education. Colin Moore spoke candidly at a public meeting about a litany of problems with the way the island’s education system had been run, stretching back many years. […]