Nestled in the environs of the South St. Andrew community lies the Trench Town High School, a gift from the British Government. The school was built in 1963 and officially opened on January 4, 1964 by the then British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Sir Alexander Morley. This ‘oasis in the desert’ was formerly named the Trench Town Senior School but, was later renamed Trench Town Comprehensive High School by the then Minister of Education, Mr. Edwin Allen..
The school started on the shift system with a total of 900 students, 860 of whom came from the Trench Town Junior School, presently known as the Trench Town Primary School. The school is said to be Jamaica’s first Comprehensive High School. In reference to the opening of the school, Dr. P.C. Crawford, the school’s second Principal who served from 1965 to 1975 said, “Such a school would offer all the students or nearly all of the children in a given locality, a secondary education which would be suited to their varying abilities, interests and aptitudes, being organized into three distinct sides of grammar, technical and junior secondary, a school essential for the development of a truly democratic society.”
In 2015, Trench Town Polytechnic College was established as a result of the merger of Trench Town and Charlie Smith High schools. This was done in response to the decline in overall attendance and to realize greater efficiency as regards the use of resources, but more importantly to advance national development. Operations began in August 2015, and on September 14, 2015, massive refurbishing work commenced, which preceded the start of teaching and learning activities on October 5, 2015.
The College, designated as a tertiary education provider, offers diverse programmes of continuing, technical and vocational education and is focused on preparing students for the workforce through quality and relevant education. This educational strategy is designed to provide students with highly employable technical vocational and entrepreneurial skills that will advance their ability to be creative, productive, competitive, and self-reliant.
Trench Town Polytechnic College is committed to serving Jamaica in an environment dedicated to student success. The College has an open admission policy and is focused on educational excellence and the achievement of equity among the various populations served. The College strives to promote in students a sense of responsibility for their own development and an understanding of their obligations as members of a democratic society. Our Team fosters in students the desire to learn, the ability to think critically, and communicate effectively. We inspire the habit of critical reflection, the value of spirituality, a strong sense of self-worth and care of the environment.