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 […]

School top job requires a head for humour

The ability to laugh in the face of adversity is not exactly a required qualification for St Helena’s next head teacher, but it might come in handy. Whoever gets the job – at a salary close to the bottom of the UK scale for heads – should clearly not be afraid of a challenge. Back […]

Must do better: poor school report spells ‘bleak’ future (comments added)

The writing is on the blackboard for St Helena’s economy if islanders don’t wake up to low marks in their schools. A report finds standards are poor, teachers lack training, and without radical change, the jobs outlook is bleak. People may gaze at the sky all they like, and dream of the wealth that a […]

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 […]

Revealed: what High Knoll Fort is really for

Students at Prince Andrew School have been maintaining a blog as part of their studies and as well as giving us an excellent flavour of life on the island, they also make a couple of rather witty remarks. Which is how word leaked out about the real reason why the St Helena National Trust has been shoring […]

‘Nationettes’ star in Sunday Times Magazine

The iconic Sunday Times Magazines has chosen to celebrate its 50th anniversary issue with a superb picture spread from the UK’s South Atlantic territories. Well, naturally. Jon Tonks has spent four years capturing the character of St Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha, the Falklands and Gibraltar – ‘little rocky relics of empire’ that ‘cling to […]