"I share the hope of your Governor that it
will be the source for the eventual supply of
African engineers, surveyors, doctors, agricultural
officers and many others who will contribute to
the progress and development of Sierra Leone"
Prince Edward VIII (6th April, 1925)

HRH the Prince of Wales (centre)
on the official opening ceremony of
Prince of Wales School (April 6th, 1925)

Prince Edward VIII

A brief history about Prince of Wales School

Prince of Wales School was founded and inaugurated by His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales (Edward VIII - Edward Christian George Andrew Patrick David: 23 June 1894 - 28 May 1972), in 1925. It is one of Sierra Leone's top schools.

The School was formally established in Freetown, Republic of Sierra Leone on April 6th, 1925, with a purposeful insistence on fostering science education, and studies in modern languages. The then Prince (who later became the king of England), in his speech on the school's founding day explained his intent for the school;

"I share the hope of your Governor that it
will be the source for the eventual supply of
African engineers, surveyors, doctors, agricultural
officers and many others who will contribute to
the progress and development of Sierra Leone"



The school marked a turning point in secondary education in Sierra Leone, as its inception ushered the period in which the Sierra Leone government actively sought to control wasteful multiplication, religious bigotry, and denominational rivalry in secondary school.

Since its inauguration, Prince of Wales School has demonstrated, with consistency, an affinity for Excellence in Education by relentlessly providing a model for a Balanced and High Quality Education at the secondary level in Sierra Leone. Its graduates have also occupied prominent positions of trust, altruism, and responsibility in Sierra Leone as well as in the international community.

School Song

(by the late principal
William J. Davies, MBE in 1936)


School Song

The school song was introduced by the late principal, William J. Davies, MBE in 1936

1. Come swell the chorus one and all and join the ranks with me; Prosperity to the Prince's boys upstanding three times three. Dear as of old and dear as now and despite any storm Long live for many a thousand years our Prince of Wales, Kingtom

CHORUS:

For searching Sierra Leone far and wide, no school can well be found; That sends forth truer gentlemen, or stands on firmer ground.

2. T'is not alone in science lore her manly sons excel; The cricket and the athletic grounds their tale of triumph tell. The Church, the State, the Camp and Bar, with varied voice attest, That whereso'er bright honour calls, her sons are with the best.

3. As on her walls we read the names renowned in former days, With beating hearts we vow to match their daring and their praise; For who would care through time to drift with dull and drowsy face, Unworthy of his faith and name, his father and his race.

4. Though scattered far we seldom meet the friends our boyhood knew, Old joys and griefs in memory dwell, toned down to sober hue, And as some well remembered name grows great, we glow with pride, To think that in our youthful days, we struggled at his side.

5. And when at last old age is ours and manhood's strength has fled, And young ambition's fire is cold and earthly hopes lie dead; We feel our boyhood's thrill once more and think its just life's morn, And keep a niche within our hearts for Prince of Wales, Kingtom.