Combermere School

Combermere School is a school in Barbados. It was initially established in 1695 as the Drax Parish School by the 1682 will of Colonel Henry Drax (great-uncle of the Whig politician Henry Drax). The school underwent several name changes and relocations until it settled at Waterford, St. Michael, on the outskirts of Bridgetown, Barbados, with the present site dating to 1819. The school, named after a colonial governor of Barbados, Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere, bears tribute to some of the school forefathers through the naming of areas such as the Drax Square, the De Vere Moore Gardens, and the Major Noot Hall.

Combermere School

Combermere has over 30 teachers and one guidance counsellor. The school offers a music program. It is also home to the Number 3 Cadet Company.


Other than the principal, the deputy principal, and six year heads for first form through to the upper sixth, the school has 12 departments, headed by 12 senior teachers. They include chemistry, mathematics, geography/social studies and environmental science, physics, biology and home economics, English, music and fine arts, physical education, technical and vocational studies, history, foreign languages, and business studies. There are dedicated labs and rooms for chemistry, biology, geography, physics, languages, music, computer science, and food and nutrition. The school has a pavilion equipped with a gym and changing rooms. There are two playing fields, a cricket pitch, shooting range, basketball/netball and tennis/volleyball courts. Also included on the premises are a library and an auditorium — the Major Noot Hall — and it one of the few, if not the only, secondary school with a meteorological station.

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Coordinates: 13°07′00″N 59°36′08″W / 13.11667°N 59.60222°W / 13.11667; -59.60222