North West Secondary School

North West Secondary School is a secondary school in Mabaruma, capital town of the Barima-Waini region in northern Guyana.[1] The school was established in 1965, being the only secondary school in the region until the establishment of Santa Rosa school in 1992. The school is run by a local school board, having been led by a headmaster until 2005. Classes originally ran from forms one to five, though changed to transitional classes in 2015 to accommodate a rising population of school-age children in Mabaruma and its surrounding areas.


The school motto is "Excellence: Together We Build." The school song is "Bless This school, Oh Lord We Pray."


The school is located at the Broomes S-turn, near Philbert Peirre Avenue.[citation needed]


The school teaches over 700 students. Prospective students seeking admission are required to have at least 350 marks at their National Grade Nine Examinations (NGNE). In 2005, the school announced a 75% pass-rate of its Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) examinations.

In 2018, there were 84 students in the graduating class. There was a marked improvement from 2017, Grades One -Three in English Language went up from 36.3 to 65 percent pass rate, and improvement in mathematics from 13.8 to 31 percent pass rate.[2]

In order to improve education in the region, a three-day entrepreneurial training course was sponsored by School of the Nations (Guyana).[3]


In 2017, the school represented Guyana at the 10th Biennial Caribbean Secondary Schools Drama Festival in Antigua and Barbuda after being selected for their work in the National Drama Festival in 2016.[4]


  1. ^ "Mabaruma residents experiencing 'the good life'". Guyana Chronicle. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  2. ^ "Region One celebrates improvements in CSEC". Department of Public Information. 2018-10-29. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  3. ^ "Students of North West Secondary School complete Entrepreneurial Training". Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  4. ^ "Proudly representing Guyana…North West District Secondary stages Farrier's supernatural play at Caribbean Drama Festival". Kaieteur News. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2020-12-28.