A Brief History
of Anchovy High 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.
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 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.