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The education system in Barbados is modelled after the British system, producing one of the highest standards of education in the English speaking Caribbean. Education is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. The educational programme in Barbados is administered by the Ministry of Education and is free for nationals in all government-run schools.

Private schools have a range of fees, with the highest being approximately BB$15,000.00 per term. The waiting list for private schools is usually long and parents should lodge their child’s name at the preferred school as soon as they know he/she will be moving to Barbados.

Enrollment into any school requires a student visa from the Barbados Immigration Department, which must be obtained before the child has a place in a school. Children are tested by each school to determine what class they should attend. There are no tax benefits for enrolment in Barbadian schools.

Stages of Education

  • Nursery Age: 3 – 4
  • Primary Age: 5 – 11+
  • Secondary *Age: 11 – 16+
  • Tertiary Age: 16+

*Provision has been made for students to enter a secondary school before the age of 11 or to spend an additional year in primary school before moving onto secondary school.


Early ChildhoodPrimarySecondary Schools
Language Arts
Social Studies
Physical Education
Religious & Moral Education
Visual Arts
Health & Family Life Education
Language Arts
Social Studies
Physical Education
Moral & Religious Education
Visual Arts
Health & Family Life Education
Conversational Spanish
Agriculture Science
Visual Arts & Theatre Arts
English Language & Literature
Foreign Languages
Health and Family Life
Physical Education
Religious & Moral Education
Social Studies
Technical/Vocational Education
Business Studies
Home Economics
Information Technology

Application Procedures

Before a child can be considered for admission, the school must be provided with the following (this may vary depending on the school’s requirements):

  • Valid student visa (obtained from the Barbados Immigration Department).
  • A completed application form.
  • An application fee. This fee ensures the processing of the application.
  • All school records for the preceding three years, where the child has been in school for three years, as well as the results of any formal assessments, such as standardised tests and the findings of any psycho-educational assessments that may have been undertaken by the prospective students. (The school operates on the basis of transparency and it is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to bring to the school’s attention at this stage all pertinent information relating to the child’s prior educational history).
  • A doctor’s report and student health record.
  • A birth certificate or passport verifying the child’s date of birth and nationality.

Source: The Codrington School

Educational Testing

Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination

Children who are eleven years old but under twelve years old at September 1st in the year of the examination are required to write the examination as a means of allocation to secondary school.

Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC)

Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations are usually taken by students after five years of secondary school and mark the end of standard secondary education. The CSEC examinations are equivalent to the Ordinary Level (O-Levels) examinations and are targeted towards students sixteen years and older.

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) examinations are taken by students who have completed their secondary education and wish to continue their studies. Students who wish to sit the CAPE usually possess CSEC or an equivalent certification. The CAPE is equivalent to the British Advanced Levels (A-levels). They are both voluntary qualifications that are intended for university entrance.

Primary Education

Private Schools – The educational system includes a number of private primary and secondary schools which provide general education similar to that in public schools. Most of these are secular schools with a few denominational ones accepting students of all religious persuasions. Student enrolment at these schools represents less than 5% of the total enrolment of the public schools. It is a requirement of the Education Act Cap. 41 that these schools satisfy standards set by the Minister and that they be registered as having done so.

International Baccalaureate (IB) is offered by The Codrington School.

Primary Private Schools

  • Cane Vale Preparatory School
  • Eagles Primary School
  • Hill Top Preparatory School
  • Jones Private School
  • Leacock’s Private School Inc
  • The Rock Christian School
  • Providence
  • St. Angela’s (Ursuline Convent Schools)
  • St. Cyprian’s Preparatory School (Boys)
  • St. Gabriel’s School
  • St. Winifred’s School
  • The Codrington School
  • Trinity Academy
  • Wills Primary

Secondary Private Schools

  • Barbados O’Level Institute
  • St. Francis School (Ursuline Convent Schools, Boys)
  • St. Winifred’s School
  • St. Ursula’s (Ursuline Convent Schools, Girls)
  • The Codrington School
  • Providence School

Government Schools

There are twenty-two (22) Government secondary schools. Twenty (20) of these are co-educational and two (2) are single sex schools. The schools are listed below alphabetically with the single sex schools specially designated:

  • Alexandra School
  • Alleyne School
  • Alma Parris Memorial Secondary School
  • Christ Church Foundation School
  • Coleridge and Parry School
  • Combermere School
  • Daryl Jordan Secondary School
  • Deighton Griffith Secondary School
  • Ellerslie Secondary School
  • Frederick Smith Secondary School
  • Grantley Adams Memorial School
  • Graydon Sealy Secondary School
  • Harrison College
  • Lodge School
  • Parkinson Memorial Secondary School
  • Princess Margaret Secondary School
  • Queen’s College
  • Springer Memorial Secondary School (Girls)
  • St. George Secondary School
  • St. Leonard’s Boys’ Secondary School (Boys)
  • The Lester Vaughan School
  • The St. Michael School

Tertiary Education

University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus)

The University of the West Indies proudly welcomes students from around the world. Its Cave Hill campus, located in Barbados, offers a multitude of undergraduate and graduate programs. Prospective students wishing to enroll in any of the programmes offered should write to the Admissions Section to request an application form. Applications should be submitted by January 10th (of the year you wish to enter) for undergraduates. For graduate programmes, the deadline for submission of applications is January 31st of the calendar year you wish to enter unless otherwise stated. Please visit UWI’s website for further details:

Barbados Community College (BCC)

The Barbados Community College is suitable for students who have completed their high school education and now wish to obtain an Associate Degree before entering university. The associate degree programmes take approximately two years to complete. The BCC has two campuses. The main campus is the Eyrie Campus, located at ‘The Eyrie’, Howell’s Cross Road, St. Michael. The divisions of Commerce, Computer Studies, Fine Arts, General and Continuing Education, Health Sciences, the Barbados Language Center, Liberal Arts, Science and Technology and the Department of Physical Education are housed on this campus. The other campus, located at Marine Gardens, Christ Church, houses the Hospitality Institute. Please visit the BCC website for further details:

Barbados Hospitality Institute

The Barbados Hospitality Institute is a division of the Barbados Community College. Please visit the Barbados Hospitality Institute for further details:

Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP)

The SJPP offers technical and vocational training in the disciplines of Building, Business Studies, Automotive and Welding, Human Ecology, Mechanical Engineering and Printing, Electrical Engineering and Agriculture. Students receive a diploma and certificate in their area of study. Please visit the SJPP website for further details:

The Codrington Language Institute

The Codrington Language Institute offer programmes to foreign students who wish to enhance their English Language skills. Please visit their website for further details:

Special Education

Special Education services ensure that provision is made for students experiencing any of the following challenges: autism, visual impairment, hearing impairment, speech and language impairment, physical impairment, learning difficulties, mental challenges and intellectual giftedness.

Special Education Institutions:

  • The Irving Wilson School (formerly School for the Deaf and Blind)
  • Government Industrial School
  • The Sunshine Early Stimulation Centre
  • The Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre
  • The Edna Nicholls Centre
  • The Ann Hill School
  • The Derrick Smith School & Vocation Centre
  • The Schoolhouse for Special Needs