Queen's College, Lagos

Queen's College, Lagos, is a government-owned girl's secondary (high) school with boarding facilities, situated in Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. Often referred to as the "sister college" of King's College, Lagos, it was founded on October 10, 1927, when Nigeria was still a British colony.[1]

Nigeria has a 6-3-3-4 system of education. Queen's College takes the secondary pupils in the middle two phases. There are six year groups, or grades; each year group contains about 600 students divided into several arms. Recently, class sizes have reduced to an average of 40 per class. The total population for the 2006/2007 session was 2,160 students.

The school has returned the best results nationwide in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) seven times since 1985 and is widely considered to be one of the top schools in Nigeria, and one of the top girls' schools on the African continent.[2][3] The Queen's College motto is "Pass On The Torch".[4] Bringing out the best in girls and girl child education, the school vision is to "produce generations of women who will excel, compete globally and contribute meaningfully to nation building".[5]


Queen's College was established on October 10, 1927, with an enrolment of 20 students, a Principal and eight part-time teachers. Sylvia Leith-Ross was appointed "Lady Superintendent of Education" in 1925[6] and she helped to establish Queen's College as a girl's boarding school.[7]

Queen's College has grown to a population 3000 students, and a staff strength of well over 300 full-time teachers.

Queen's College has provided education for girls in Nigeria - creating equal gender opportunities for them in professional fields. Girls are given the opportunity to pursue courses in the Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, Law, Architecture, the Arts, etc.


The school operates at two levels: junior and senior school. The lowest forms, JS I to JS III, make up the junior school. Students in those forms study for the Junior School Certificate Examination conducted by the National Examination Council (NECO) and taken at the end of their third year. The Senior School Examination is the goal of the students in the upper forms.

Two examination bodies – West African Examinations Council and National Examinations Council – are each empowered to conduct separately the end-of-course examination and students are to enter for both examinations.

The senior and junior schools are distinct in their operations. Each stream of JS 1 through SS 3 has about eleven classrooms with varying numbers of students.

For management of both sections, the school is headed by the principal, designated PQC (Principal Queen's College) who is assisted by four vice principals:

  • The Vice Principal Administration
  • The Vice Principal Special Duties
  • The Vice Principal Academics
  • The Vice Principal Student Affairs


The curriculum of the school covers Science, Social Science, Arts -and vocational subjects as well as co-curricular activities. In line with the 6-3-3 4 system of education, the scope has been enlarged to give a broad-based education with subjects that can lead to courses in tertiary institutions. Staff and twelve Guidance Counselors are available to assist students in learning, in their choice of career, social adjustment, as well as their welfare.

Subjects offered in both Junior and Senior schools are:

  • English Language, Literature-in-English, History
  • Mathematics, Further mathematics
  • Social Studies, Geography
  • Integrated Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • French Language
  • Business Studies, Economics, Commerce, Accounting
  • Introductory Technology
  • Christian Religious Studies/Islamic Religious Studies
  • Nigerian language - Yoruba/Hausa/Igbo Languages
  • Agric/PHE
  • Arabic
  • Music/Fine art
  • Home Economics
  • Typewriting
  • Computer Studies
  • Government
  • Trading
  • Insurance/Book -keeping
  • Home economics/Food And Nutrition/Clothing And Textile.

The girls are involved in games and sports. The annual inter-house sports competition is usually held during the second term of the academic session. The school has six houses that compete in the inter-house games, namely Dan-Fodio (Red House), Obasa (Blue House), Obi (Yellow House), Emotan (Green House), Efunjoke (Purple House) and Obong (Orange House).


  • Miss F. Wordsworth (later Mrs. Tolfree) - 1927 to 1930
  • Miss W. W. Blackwell - 1931 to 1942
  • Mrs. D. Mather - 1942 to 1944
  • Dr. Alice Whittaker - 1944 to 1946
  • Miss Ethel Hobson - 1946 to 1950
  • Miss Mary Hutcheson -1950 to 1954
  • Miss Joyce Moxon - 1954 to 1955
  • Miss Margaret. Gentle (later Mrs. Harwood) - 1956 to 1963
  • Mrs. I. E. Coker - 1963 to 1977 (First Nigerian principal of Queen's college)
  • Mrs. T. E. Chukwuma - 1978 to 1982
  • Mrs.A.A Kafaru - 1982 to 1986.
  • Mrs. J. E. Ejueyitche - 1986 to 1987
  • Mrs. J. Namme - 1987 to 1991
  • Mrs. H. E. G. Marinho - 1991 to 1996
  • Mrs. M. T.F. Sojinrin - 1996 to 2001
  • Mrs. O. O. Euler-Ajayi - 2001 to 2004
  • Mrs. M. B. Abolade - 2004 to 2006
  • Mrs. O. Togonu-Bickersteth - 2006 to 2008
  • Mrs. A. C. Onimole - 2008 to 2010
  • Mrs. A. Ogunnaike - 2010 to 2011
  • Mrs. M. O. A. Ladipo - 2011 - 2012
  • Mrs E. M. Osime - 2012 - 2015
  • Dr Mrs Lami Amodu - 2015 - 2017
  • Mrs B. A. Are - 2017 - 2018
  • Dr Mrs Oyinloye Yakubu - 2018 till date

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Queens College Lagos Alumni, USA. "Queens College Lagos". Archived from the original on 23 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Top 27 Best Secondary Schools in Lagos State in 2020". Edusko Blog.
  3. ^ Queens College Lagos Alumni, USA. "Queens College Lagos". Archived from the original on 23 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Queens College, Lagos | About us".
  5. ^ "Queens College, Lagos | About us".
  6. ^ Helen Callaway, Gender, Culture and Empire: European Women in Colonial Nigeria (Springer 1986): 112. ISBN 9781349183074
  7. ^ Barbara Bush, Imperialism, Race and Resistance: Africa and Britain, 1919-1945 (Routledge 2002): 92. ISBN 9781134722440
  8. ^ New CEOs resume immediately, who they are?, Babajide Komolafe, 14 August 2009, VanguardNGR, Retrieved 23 February 2016
  9. ^ LeRay Denzer (2005). "P. A. Itayemi Ogundipe". In Esi Sutherland-Addy; Aminata Diaw (eds.). Women Writing Africa: West Africa and the Sahel. Feminist Press at the City University of New York. pp. 189–90. ISBN 978-1-55861-500-7.
  10. ^ "Women Who Blazed The Legal Trail In Nigeria". 8 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Uche Chika Elumelu on Virtual Filmmaking and Surviving a Pandemic in Nollywood". 28 September 2020.

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