A Brief History

of Anchovy High School

The Anchovy High School will celebrate fifty years as an educational institution in December 2022 having been founded in December 1972 as a Junior Secondary School.
The school started with an enrolment of 640 students and 22 teachers inclusive of Mr. H.F. Smith who served as the first principal.
It offered a Grades 7-9 programme with subjects such as: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Spanish, Social Studies General Science, Religious Education, Home Economics and Industrial Arts.
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The school was upgraded to Secondary status in September 1974 and Grades 10-11 programme was introduced with special emphasis on Vocational (skills) training. The advent of this new programme brought many changes such as the introduction of the shift system to accommodate the over one thousand students. During this period, students were prepared for the Secondary School Certificate (S.S.C), Jamaica School Certificate (J.S.C) and the General Certificate Examination (G.C.E). In 1991, the school was further upgraded to a Comprehensive High School and the first batch of Common Entrance Examination students (80 in number) was sent to the school. Programmes ranged from the Arts, Sciences to Technical and Vocational. In 1998 the school received the highest distinction in CSEC Geography in the entire Caribbean. The institution was re-classified and named Anchovy High in September 2000.
Anchovy: Founding Year

School Description

Anchovy High School is a government owned institution which is divided into five grades (7-11). Grades 7-. Each grade is subdivided into ten (10) streams. The school’s total enrolment, grades 7-11 on both shifts is 2173. The school operates a full –day school since September 2015. This means that school starts at 8:00 am each day to 2:40 p.m in the afternoon, with a one hour lunch time from 11:00 to 12:00 noon.

The school colours are yellow and beige. Girls wear yellow blouse and khaki tunics with strips to differentiate between grades 7-10 or skirt for Grade 11 and the boys wear khaki shirt and pants with strip (s) on the left side of the shoulder of the shirt. The school boasts an academic staff of 101 teachers inclusive of Work Experience Coordinator, three Guidance Counsellors, one teacher-librarian, two Vice Principals and one Principal. There are 10 ancillary and 10 administrative members of staff. The school currently employs 13 staff members of staff who are past students. The school’s intake of students are from various western parishes to include St. James, Westmoreland, Hanover, Trelawny and St. Elizabeth. Many of the students are from low socio-economic homes which is demonstrated in the approximately 35% (762) of student population being beneficiaries of the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH)

The school has many extra-curricular activities and clubs which form an integral part of the school’s programme. Students and teachers are encouraged to engage in at least one of these clubs. These clubs include: 4H, Red Cross, Photography Club, Tourism Action Club, Champions for Change Club, Science Club, Business and Technology Club, Environmental Club, speech, Drama, Football, Tennis ball and basketball. (There are some other clubs. I can provide a list)


The school is located in the small town of Anchovy in the parish of Saint James in northwestern Jamaica. It is located 12 kilometers (7.46 miles) south-southwest of Montego Bay. The community has an estimated population of 4269 residents.
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There is a primary school, post office, police station, a cooperative bank, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, an electoral office, a number of churches and various small retail outlets. The community also houses a few warehouses for business that are domiciled in Montego Bay. Anchovy also hosts the Jamaica Scientific Research Institute (JaSciRes) that provides alternative treatments for chronic diseases using mainly endemic Jamaican plants.


The school year consists of three (3) terms with the year starting in September and ending in July. The school operates a five days cycle, Mondays to Fridays, with each subject being offered an average of two – three time weekly.

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The regular school day consists of eight class periods. Varied subject offerings such as: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Social Studies, Chemistry, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Music and Spanish allow students to meet individual needs and interests. The school has two reading specialists to cater to the special needs of students who need help in corrective or remedial reading. With their regular subject offerings, each student in grades 10 and 11 are assigned at least one skill subject(s) to better equip them for their academic and career goals. Students have the opportunity to sit various external examinations such as Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) (25 subjects offered), Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC), City and Guild, and National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET).