Queen's College, Guyana

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Queen's College
Queen's College, Guyana

Coordinates 6°48′51″N58°09′49″W / 6.8142848°N 58.1637347°W / 6.8142848; -58.1637347 Coordinates: 6°48′51″N58°09′49″W / 6.8142848°N 58.1637347°W / 6.8142848; -58.1637347
Other nameQC
Type Public secondary school
Motto Latin: Fideles Ubique Utiles
(Faithful and Useful Everywhere)
Gender Co-educational
Website www.queenscollege.edu.gy

Queen's College (QC) is a public secondary school in Georgetown, Guyana.



It was established in 1844 by Bishop William Piercy Austin as an Anglican grammar school for boys [1] and was aimed at educating the colonial elite. [2] The school was temporarily quartered at what it the current location of the High Court then moved to another property at Main and Quamina Street until 1854. [2] The current site of Bishops' High School was the location of Queens College from 1854 to 1918. From there it moved to another property at Brickdam and Vlissingen Road, until 1951, when it moved to its current location. The final move saw significant expansion of classrooms and facilities, however an arson attack destroyed 1997. [2]

In 1876, the Compulsory Denominational Education Bill secularized education and it became Queen's College of British Guiana as a national institution funded by the government. and in 1975 became co-ed. [3]

The library was opened in 1880 and the school produced a variety of student papers, starting in 1881 as Our College Gazette, QC Gazette, the Queen's Chronicle and, the QC Lictor newspaper in 1950. The school also produced The Queen's College Magazine yearly from about 1912 to the 1974-76 edition. [4]


The school has received the Dennis Irvine Award for academic excellence in the Caribbean 3 times and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations premier science award 6 times. [1]

Traditional Organization

The school has a House system of 10 houses, named in honor of famous people to the history of Guyana; William Exley Percival, Walter Raleigh, Bishop Austin, Benjamin D'Urban, Edward Oliver Pilgrim, Frederick Thomas Weston, Edwin Moulder, Charles Campbell Woolley, John Henry Dacres Cunningham, and Captain Howard Nobbs. By convention, siblings are often put into the same house, and could also apply to other relatives and the children of previous students. [5]

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  1. 1 2 "QC is more than a school'". Guyana Chronicle. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  2. 1 2 3 "Education...Something to celebrate:". Stabroek News. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  3. "QC hosting grand reunion to mark 170th anniversary". Stabroek News. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  4. "Education". Stabroek News. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  5. "The Houses of Queen's College". Stabroek News. 7 March 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2020.

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