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The Golden Grove Primary and Infant School are situated in the community of Golden Grove, but in a quiet location away from the noise on the street. Golden Grove is a small rural town. It is to be found in the parish of St. Thomas, which is in the Eastern part of the beautiful island of Jamaica. Golden Grove Primary and Infant School are twenty-four kilometres from Morant Bay, the parish capital. Its strategic position allows it to serve many neighbouring communities.
The school was established in 1886 and the original building is still in use. It is classified as a government-leased school since it is affiliated with the Anglican Church. This means that The Board Chairman is a representative of the Anglican Church. The school draws its population from the immediate and wider community. These include Golden Grove, Stokes Hall, Wheelerfield, Duckenfield, Dalvey, Barking Lodge, Johnson Mountain, Arcadia, Amity Hall, Long Road, Hector’s River and Manchioneal. This is so because the school has developed a reputation for excellence in academics. Much of this success is directly linked to the high level of cooperation that exists between the administrative and teaching staff.
The school has twenty-one (21) members of staff (including a Guidance Counsellor). Golden Grove Primary and Infant school also have a Clerical Assistant, a part-time janitor, three (3) permanent watchmen and three (3) relief watchmen. There are four hundred and fifty (450) and the ages range from three years and eight months to twelve years old. Most of the children are from a low socio-economic background. Average attendance on a daily basis is approximately 85%.
The school is divided into sixteen classes. Structures have been created over the years to accommodate the increasing numbers of students. Container type structures are erected through kind donation of faithful and very supportive members of the business community. The buildings erected, house approximately five classes, a guidance counsellor’s office and a mini sickbay. Some classes have individual rooms while others are dormitory type where classes are separated by the chalkboard. The classrooms are always buzzing with activity, very attractive, well organized and student friendly.