Welcome to the Education, Skills & Employment Portfolio

The role of the Education, Skills & Employment Portfolio is to ensure that education services are provided to meet the needs of the people of St Helena and to support the economic and human capital development of the Island.

As part of core education provision, four schools provide fulltime compulsory schooling for children from 5 to 16 years of age under the Education Ordinance (2008).

In addition primary schools also offer non-compulsory Nursery education for children from age three and Prince Andrew School offers sixth form education. Schools are supported by the Teacher Training and Inclusion Sectors. In addition, opportunity for tertiary education is provided through the Scholarship Awards Programme.

The Lifelong Learning Sector is primarily responsible for the development of the adult community through the St Helena Community College which gives opportunity to adults to undertake further education, training and skill development and Career Access St Helena which engages with adults in relation to employment matters.

Under the Lifelong Learning Sector also sits the St Helena Public Library Service and the St. Helena Research Institute which is responsible for the promotion and management of all research on St Helena

Our Mission


Improve the lives of all within our community and help the island thrive

Our Visions


Saint Helena, a great place to live, learn, work, visit and invest

Our Values


Fairness – We act as role models and have fair and consistent standards.  We champion equality, inclusion and                    

Integrity – We communicate openly and we are honest and accountable

Teamwork – We work together and we support each other

Meet our Team

Kerry Lawrence
Assistant Director Schools
Wendy Benjamin
Portfolio Director
Angela Benjamin
Head of Lifelong Learning
Students Enrolled
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