nox College, founded in 1947 is one of the schools owned by the United Church in Jamaica and the Grand Cayman Islands (formally Presbyterian). The driving force behind this bold educational thrust was the Reverend Dr. Lewis Davidson, an educator from Scotland. He expressed the aim of the College at its inception: “Knox College aims to equip boys and girls, men and women with the training, knowledge, techniques and character that will fit them to live well themselves and to contribute to the development of the country. The essence of the plan is simply TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE, whatsoever those needs may be” (Lewis Davidson, 1947). 

As a church school, Knox College is built on the concept of a progressive, community-wide education and its philosophy is rooted in the Christian faith.
This philosophy embraces and supports the active involvement of parents, teacher and the wider community in its operation. This broad based participation is seen as a key factor in motivating students to learn. Knox College strives to give students a wide range of opportunities so they can flourish and achieve their fullest potential within a disciplined school environment that is purposeful and stimulating.  These objectives are pursued by the consistent work of the administrative, academic and ancillary staff and student leaders pursue.

 Knox College operates as a part of a complex of schools which includes basic and preparatory schools and  a community college.

 Motto: Nite servire Neque Cedere (To Strive, to Serve, and not to Yield)



         nox College is a Co-educational Secondary Institution which seeks to provide, under a mature, committed and caring staff, an environment which facilitates the spiritual, physical, intellectual and social development of the individual that he may become a leader in the creation of positive changes in the society.

Knox College embraces the values of ambition, honesty, integrity, hard work, cooperation, friendliness and human concern. It is dedicated to fostering an environment in which mutual respect and understanding are evident in how people of any nationality, cultural background, religion or gender are dealt with. It encourages the highest aspirations and intellectual development of all students and staff. It challenges them to maintain a quest for knowledge and a commitment to its transmission and application for the betterment of the Jamaican society.

The campus is located on approximately 100 acres of hilly terrain situated near Spalding on the border of Manchester and Clarendon in the highlands of central Jamaica and is shared with the other three institutions.  The climate is cool and refreshing and the school is sufficiently removed from the distractions of the cities to make it easier for young people to concentrate on the business of education.





       he school is named for John Knox (1514-1570), Scottish church leader who exhibited a passion for promoting universal education.

 The complex is administered by a Board of Trustees appointed by the United Church. Each school operates under its own principal and board of management, nominated by the church and established by the Ministry of Education.

 Co-Founders of the complex of schools are Rev. Lewis Davidson – First Principal and Mr. David Bent-First Bursar and Builder. Other pioneers of the school include workers such as Mr. Leo Jones, Mr. Louis Byles, Mrs. Gloria Swaby, Mr. Richard Clarage, Mr. George Scott, Dr. Barbara Jones and Mrs. Helen Stills.


Knox College is a grant-aided secondary institution.  It remains today as the only secondary co-educational boarding school in Jamaica, attracting students from overseas as well as Jamaican children.  Most students come from the surrounding districts and towns.  However, a significant number of students are from other parishes throughout the island.


With five grades (7-11) and up to seven streams, Knox College takes in approximately 270 students each year.  In the near future, the school hopes to have a grade 12 added, which will cause further increase in annual enrollment.




        he broad-based curriculum is geared at equipping students for life. All students sit the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) examinations at the end of the grade eleven year.  The course work for these examinations begins in the tenth grade for all students.  English Language, English Literature and Mathematics are compulsory.


Upon graduating from Knox College, students receive a high school diploma.

In order to receive a diploma student must have achieved a minimum of  ‘C’ in at least four subjects including.  English Language, English Literature and Mathematics. In addition, students must achieve passing grades in Physical Education, Religion/Guidance and Work Programme.

a)       Students must have spent at least two years at Knox in order to qualify for graduation and must complete at least eight subjects.

b)      Students must have displayed acceptable modes of behaviour throughout the period of stay at Knox.


 Knox College High School recognizes those students who are doing exceptionally well both academically and in leadership positions in several ways.

1.      Principal’s Honour Roll
Each term the principal’s honour roll is issued.  This is made up of those students in all grades who attained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and above.

2.      Annual Awards of Excellence
Each year students from grades eight to eleven are recognized and given a reward for high performance in individual subject areas.

3.      Graduation with distinction and leadership award

 Graduates who have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and above in their final term are graduated with “distinction”.  Graduates who have had leadership positions and have excelled in this area are also recognized at the graduation ceremony.


 The Lower school

Grades 7-8

AGrade 7, students enter the school by gaining a place through the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT)/National Assessment Program (NAP).

 On entry, students are placed randomly in seventh grade classes.  The average class size for the seventh graders is forty two students.  Students have eight forty minutes sessions daily.

The school day begins at 8:30 am with assemblies and closes at 3:10p.m.  General assemblies are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, homeroom devotions or house devotions are held Staff, students or visitors and local church leaders conduct general assemblies.

 At each grade level the school aims at providing the level of academic work to meet the individual needs of each child.  In Grades 7 and 8 students, receive a broad-based education in keeping with the secondary curriculum designed by the Ministry of Education.  This curriculum includes:

 1.  English (Language, Reading, Literature)

2.  Mathematics

3.  Integrated Science

4.  Social Studies

5.  Spanish

6.  Religious Education

7.  Information Technology (computer)

8.  Library Science

9.  Woodwork

10. Home Economics

11. Dance and Drama

12. Music

13. Physical Education

14. Guidance & Counselling


Grades 9 – 11

AGrade nine (9) level, students are guided to select subjects based on their career choices. The students choose subjects from within five pools.  English Language, English Literature and Mathematics are compulsory.. 

 Subjects offered include:

1.      Physics

2.      Chemistry

3.      Biology

4.      Agricultural Science

5.      Social Studies

6.      Geography

7.      History

8.      Information Technology

9.      Principles of Business

10.  Principles of Accounts

11.  Office Procedures

12.  Home Management

13.  Home Economics

14.  Food and Nutrition

15.  Art

16.  Technical Drawing

17.  Wood Work

18.  Religious Education

19.  Spanish

20.  Expressive Arts

21.  Music


The following grading system applies at all levels.  A student is considered to have passed a subject having obtained 60% , which is equivalent to grade “C”
















Very Good








Above Average








Below Average











        he Student service work programme initiated in 1968 continues as an integral part of the course, providing invaluable learning opportunities for students.Seniors are required to complete at least fifty hours of an assignment in the work programme under the supervision of their teachers.  This programme is geared at building effective work ethics, and providing work experience, as students are selected to work in a department that complements their career choice.



T        he purpose of the Students Council and Prefect Council is to enhance the involvement of students in their education while developing their skills in decision-making and leadership.

 Students choose their own student council representatives.  From the pool of elected representatives, teachers and students select a president and vice-president in a democratic election process. The academic staff selects the prefect body based on positive leadership qualities, academic performance and attitudes. From the complement of prefects,  the head boy and head girl are selected.



A vibrant Parent Teachers Association (P.T.A) meets regularly on a regional basis to review the progress of students and plan for improvements in the school.  Its activities include school visits and fund-raising ventures.



Knox College has a supportive past student association.  Their fund-raising activities help in the improvement of the school.  There are local and foreign chapters


In extra curricular activities, the school participates in a number of national and regional competitions, often receiving awards.  Among these are Science competitions, Spanish competitions Literacy, Visual and Performing Arts competitions, the Junior Achievement and 4H competitions.

Knox College has some thirty active clubs and societies.  These bodies provide important opportunities for students to enrich their education and experiences outside the normal classroom sessions.  These cater for a wide variety of interests and include athletic, creative, intellectual, recreational and spiritual activities. Students are encouraged to be actively involved in at least one club.

Some of the current clubs and societies include: