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Secondary Schools


St. Michael
Combermere Principal
Julia Beckles - Principal

Waterford, St. Michael


Combermere School is certainly one of the oldest, if not the oldest, secondary school in Barbados. The foundation stone at the present site cast the origins of Combermere School to 1819. Research takes its origins back to Drax’s will of 1682.

Combermere School which began as a co-educational institution in 1695, reverted fully to this status in September 1976 with the admission of thirty-eight (38) female students at the first form level and another thirty-one (31) between the fifth and sixth form. The number of females today has grown, over five hundred (500) out of a present school population of just over eleven hundred and thirty (1,030 students).

Our Motto

Religione, Humanitate, Industria (Religion, Culture, Industry).

Our Vision

To establish Combermere as the school of choice which provides:

  • an environment that cultivates respect for God, country and school;
  • a high quality, all-round educational experience, based on current best practices;
  • a comfortable, clean and safe campus;
  • a stimulating community that promotes creativity, self confidence and excellence among students and staff alike;
  • effective collaboration among the school’s stakeholders.


Our Mission Statement

The mission of Combermere School is to discover, nurture and develop both academic and non-academic talents in all students, so that they become creative, effective and affective members of society who do what is right, simply because it is right.


School Organization



There are ten (10) Heads of Departments and six (6) Year Heads with responsibilities for Form Levels 1-6.



There are five forms at year levels 1 to 5. Each year level is managed by a Senior Teacher.



Various sports including athletics, badminton, cricket, football, hockey, netball and volleyball.



Activities include Band, draughts, etiquette, choir and I.S.C.F.
Combermere Deputy Principal
Randolph Clarke - Deputy Principal

School Song

Lives are in the making here
Hearts are in the waking here
Mighty undertaking here
Up and on, Up and on
We are arming for the fight
Pressing on with all our might
Pluming wings for higher flight
Up and on, Up and on.

Up then, Truest fame lies in high endeavour
Play the game, Keep the flame, burning brightly ever.

Foes in plenty we shall meet
Hearts courageous scorn defeat
So we press with eager feet
Up and on, Up and on
Ever upward to the fight
Ever upward to the light
Ever true to God and right
Up and on, Up and on.

Up then, Truest fame lies in high endeavour
Play the game, Keep the flame, burning brightly ever.