St Mary's School
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
About St Mary's School
Tristan Da Cunha is one of a set of islands in the South Atlantic, which are the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world. The nearest populated land mass is the island of St. Helena, 1,200 kilometres away. St Mary's School is located on Tristan's only permanently inhabited locale, known as Edinburgh of the Seven Seas. Discovered by Portuguese sailors in 1506, the islands have been a British territory since 1816.
The school is perfect for those wishing to work within an open and sharing community. Most of the working population are employed by the government with the fishing company employing some full time staff. Apart from their day jobs, islanders also farm, fish and work part time in the fishing factory. People are busy. The total population of the island is 260, ensuring small class sizes and close personal connections between teacher and student. Students are taught between the ages of 3-16.
First opened in 1971, the school has operated from its current campus since 1975. Facilities include five classrooms, a library, a hall with stage, a computer suite, a cookery room, and a craft/science room. School and community are located on the island's only patch of arable land, the rest dominated by a volcano that last erupted in 1961.
Values and vision
St Mary's School understands that in its role as a community's sole educational facility, it has a great responsibility to provide an excellent learning experience for every child. The school is devoted in its mission to teach the British curriculum to a high standard, and its students often go on to study further education .