Our secondary school opened in February 2020 for nearly 100 students. It provides free education and allows our pupils to continue their studies at the same high standard we have reached in our nursery and primary school. The school runs from S1 – S4 (the equivalent of the English secondary years 8 – 11), with O-Levels being taken in S4.
How are the students taught?
The students learn Mathematics, Agriculture, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English, History, Geography, Christian Religious Education, Fine Art, English Literature and Commerce. The Ugandan National Curriculum is followed and fused with the very latest teaching methods.
What is school like in Uganda?
In Uganda, secondary education is very expensive. Recent figures show that for every ten children that enrol for primary education, only one child is able to enrol for secondary education. Along with uniform and equipment costs, the school fees are outside the reach of our slum families. In addition, despite the high fees, the local secondary schools are often poorly maintained and lacking in equipment.
At our secondary school, children not only receive free education, uniform and scholastic materials but also meetings with our welfare staff to check attendance and offer help and advice. They receive home visits and medical treatment as needed. We also provide weekend/ school holiday courses to support development of personal, social and business skills, along with specialist revision classes and careers advice.
Our secondary school is well equipped and employs 16 specialised teachers, all of whom are fully qualified with degrees.
What about Further Education?
Students can move to A-Levels (at another secondary school) or to college (the equivalent of the English sixth form/year 12-13 or college system). Discussions about careers and future education take place with the students and decisions are made once exam results are known. Students still receive support from Child of Hope through payment of fees, food, welfare and medical help where required. The team in Uganda are reviewing the situation of A-Level students, but has no immediate plans of extending the Gill Sherlock Secondary School.
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This short video shows the school just after opening. Due to some pretty bad weather, and despite working very hard, our builders didn’t quite finish in time for the start of the news school year. But it was enough for our team to launch the school and, as you’ll see in this short video, what’s left to be done is mostly painting and groundworks...