Chad Bryan, Youthlink Writer
Glengoffe High School, located in the North East St Catherine constituency, was initially established in 1969 to accommodate 300 students. Over the years, the institution has grown to cater to approximately 1,000 students and 48 teachers, including two guidance counsellors, one principal and two vice-principals. There are also 10 members of the administrative staff and 16 ancillary workers.
Embodying the motto 'We Build', Glengoffe has continued its drive towards excellence by abolishing the shift system and operating on an extended-day system to focus on all areas of educational development. The ideal graduate is to be equipped to enter the work world and, as such, the institution provides students with teachers who possess the necessary skills and expertise to get the job done.
Apart from offering the core subjects, students in grades 10 and 11 do welding, electrical installation, art and craft, agriculture, carpentry and joinery, home economics and business administration. While they do well in business administration and physical education at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate level, the school recognises that there is need for improvement in English, mathematics and a few other subjects.
Among the prominent Jamaicans who have attended Glengoffe are Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington, recording artiste Wendell Edwards, otherwise known as Gyptian, inspectors Lennox Harper and Anthony Castell, and principal of Bog Walk High School, Robert Phillips.
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