Preston International school Ondo State
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Our mission is to provide cost-effective world class education in a safe, peaceful, disciplined and intellectually stimulating environment. Our team of dedicated and well-trained teachers purpose to raise fine, well-rounded, well-educated, well-cultured, respectable, God-fearing ladies and gentlemen who will make huge contributions towards the promotion and protection of human dignity in our society. We aim to achieve this through the effective deployment of state-of-the-art technology and modern pedagogical approaches in addition to rich moral instruction – which reflect our Christian ethos.
We are ardent proponents of social change. We believe that the highest level of human achievement is service - service to God and man. In our own little way, we have conceived the creation of Preston International School as our contribution towards the betterment of educational opportunities available to young people in our society.
We hope that through the cost-effective provision of world-class education at Preston International School, it can be demonstrated that a lot more is possible than we think. We believe that our youngsters deserve better and that there is enough success for all. With a bit of human will, we can all work together to stamp out the scarcity mentality so prevalent in our society and replace it with the abundance mentality where everybody is a winner. Together, we can do great things and leave behind us a lasting legacy by making a big difference to the lives of many, hence our motto - "WE ARE ABLE!"
About our logo
Our school logo designed to capture the essence of our mission, is a much more contemporary design than the traditional crest. Our logo is composed of the cross and waves radiating from the middle of the cross. The cross - the traditional emblem of Christianity symbolises our Christian ethos and beliefs while the waves demonstrate the far-reaching, powerful influence and potency of embracing Christian principles not only in our lifestyles but in all aspects of human endeavour including academic excellence. Our vision to bring about real and lasting change in our society through the cultivation of morally healthy and well-educated young minds will be realised in our society in due course.
The school is named after a city in England - Preston. Preston was founded by priests and as such was called "Priests' Town" and was later shortened to "Preston". Priests are consecrated, self-less people, whose main duty is to serve God and man. We believe that this is the highest level of human achievement - service to God and man. 'Prestonians' therefore, are ladies and gentlemen who are being brought up to serve our nation selflessly with a sense of true patriotism and an abhorrence of the selfish attitudes and narrow-mindedness prevalent in society today.
Personalised Learning – Following the “Every Child Matters” agenda, Preston International School seeks to ensure that every child is safe, healthy, enjoys and achieves through learning, makes a positive contribution to society and achieves economic well-being. An individual education plan (I.E.P.) is drawn up for every child ensuring that he/she makes progress in every subject. At Preston, we benchmark pupils as individuals, carry out a detailed diagnosis of their areas of weakness before embarking on a vigorous trouble-shooting exercise which will culminate in every child making progress over and above what is expected.
In the Right Hands – It is unusual to have a school of this scale with professional teachers in the driving seat. Traditionally, teachers do not have the wherewithal to embark on such projects leaving the industry to business men and women whose passions are not necessarily in the art of teaching and learning. At Preston, we have really committed, enthusiastic, visionary and passionate teachers whose first and only interest is in teaching and learning and making a real difference in the lives of many children. The proprietors are professional educationists of international repute having worked for many years in Nigeria and abroad.
Interactive Whiteboard Technology – At Preston, we are committed to using the most current tools in our teaching. Following the success of the interactive whiteboard as a tool which has been responsible for accelerating pupil learning globally, all our subjects are delivered with the interactive whiteboard playing a huge role in the dissemination of knowledge. The interactive white board essentially "projects" the computer's screen. By the touch of your hand on the screen, the teacher or student, can navigate through the computer applications, thus, creating an exciting and new way to introduce and enhance teaching and learning activities. We have numerous interactive whiteboard resources including the internet. In a Geography lesson for example, pupils will be able to virtually 'visit' several places in the world, zoom in on the atlas and hear the people of those regions speak. The interactive whiteboard definitely takes V.A.K. (Visual, Audio and Kinaesthetic) learning to a new dimension.
Superb Facilities – As a school offering world class education, we are in the process of building a campus with every desirable facility to make a child’s six years residence a truly memorable experience. First class boarding facilities, library, laboratories, I.C.T. suites, health centre and sick bay, dining hall, sports fields, swimming pool, etc.
Cost-effectiveness – By employing cost-saving financial strategies of world-class organizations, the location of Preston International School in the suburban countryside has meant a reduction in costs when compared with bigger cities. With Akure airport less than ten minutes drive from us, reaching us by flights from Lagos and Abuja could not be easier. Also, fresh food and fruits from farms at reduced costs mean that we can pass these savings straight on to you – the customer, giving you excellent value for your money. As an organization that believes in Total Quality Management, Preston adopts very stringent measure in ensuring that processes within the school - whether it be in teaching and learning, pupil behaviour or administrative work - are all very efficient, well thought out and grounded in our overarching philosophy of excellence.
Reasonable Fees - Our fees are very reasonable. The facilities that we have provided such as our VSAT internet facilities with exclusive domain-based email for every child, Perkins generator (with additional back-up), above average boarding facilities with hot water heaters, drinking water dispensers, treated boreholes and lots more suggest a high fee paying school but the contrary is the case. This is on purpose. Our mission is to offer affordable, cost-effective world class education to the average Nigerian family and as such, are fees are moderate and comparably lower to similar schools. Here at Preston, we give excellent value for money!
We Value People – Preston International School is a people-oriented institution. We value people. Your contributions will be highly valued. We are change agents with a social change agenda in support of the common man and we believe that with your support, we can do really great things. We have started and we invite you to join our campaign by choosing Preston International School.
Set on 42 acres of land, Preston International boasts of pollution free air and a tranquil environment conducive to learning and meditation. The buildings are all purpose-built and designed to create a home away from home through the development of highly effective and functional buildings which exude fun and relaxation and are responsive to this country-side location. The facilities being developed at the school site comprise:
- Administrative Block - housing the offices of the Principal, Vice Principal, Office Staff, Medical/Welfare, Staff Room, Finance and Caretakers.
- Teaching Rooms – 14 Classrooms, 4 Science Laboratories, 2 Networked ICT Rooms with Internet access, Design and Technology Workshops, Art Rooms, Music & Drama Studios
- General - Assembly Hall, Dining Hall, Tuck Shop (the 'Rotunda') and Toilets.
- Sports Facilities – Sports Hall, Swimming Pool, Olympic size Sports field
- Boarding Facilities – Students hostels are purpose-built with adequate conveniences (showers, toilets and laundry areas), Common Rooms with adjoining flats for staff members who take on the roles on house-parents.
Mr. Toyin Ajayi - B.E.S., B. ARCH. (Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Architecture, University of Lagos, Nigeria), P.G.C.E. (Swansea, U.K.), M. A. Educational Leadership and Management (Nottingham, U.K.). Awarded Certificate of Distinction for teaching ability by the University of Wales Swansea. An old student of Christ's School, Ado-Ekiti and a graduate of architecture and design from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Mr. Ajayi retrained as an educationist in the U.K. specialising in Design and Technology and ICT (Information and Communications Technology). Definitely, a pace-setter in modern education methods and techniques and as a current and high achieving player in the international education industry, Mr. Toyin Ajayi's profile demonstrates his potential to deliver the lofty objectives of Preston International School.
Mrs. Funmi Ajayi - B.A.Ed., M.Ed. (University of Lagos, Nigeria), P.G.C.E. (Swansea, Wales, U.K.). Mrs. Funmi Ajayi is the wife of Mr. Toyin Ajayi and has taught for several years in many British schools before partnering with her husband in establishing Preston International School as co-founder and director. A graduate in Education herself with a B.A.Ed and M.Ed degrees from the University of Lagos, Akoka. Mrs. Funmi Ajayi further trained in Education in the U.K. gaining the British Qualified Teacher Status.
Mr. & Mrs. Ajayi are born-again christians and ministers of God. They are also trained musicians (voice and instrument). Mr. Toyin Ajayi - a tenor singer/soloist and a music director plays the piano and clarinet while Mrs. Funmi Ajayi plays the flute and sings soprano. Little wonder Preston International School is evolving into one of the most musical schools in the country where pupils are trained on various orchestral musical instruments which include violins, viola, cello, trumpet, horn, tuba, saxophone, clarinet, flute, tuba and many others.
There are nine strategic intents laid out to help us focus on pursuing and achieving our mission. These describe how our organisation is going to realize its vision both in the short and long term. Our strategic intents provide the bedrock upon which all our policies are developed. Here at Preston, we expect staff and students and all who have to do with us to take these strategic intents seriously and work with them towards achieving the goal of the school.
- SI 1 - To create a culture of excellent behaviour among staff and students.
- SI 2 - Institute a culture of individual responsibility and accountability.
- SI 3 - Develop a strong sense of social justice, fairness and equity.
- SI 4 - Create a culture of high expectation and success.
- SI 5 - Develop a spirit of national pride and patriotism
- SI 6 - Encourage and train pupils in entrepreneurship theoretically and practically (so they can contribute positively to the development of the nation).
- SI 7 - Keep the cost of educating pupils as low as possible.
- SI 8 - Develop life-long relationship with students that they may support their alma mater and vice versa towards towards the common goal of total emancipation for Africa.
- SI 9 - Develop leadership skills at all levels of the school community.
Careful thought has been applied in the design of our classrooms. They are well ventilated with plenty of natural light thus keeping the atmosphere fresh and making them an ideal setting for concentrated learning. They are equipped with state-of-the-art teaching aids to create pulsating and exciting learning spaces.
Our policy is to cater for a wide range of learners based on the multiple intelligences theory, therefore our teaching spaces are kitted out in such a way that the children have access to all forms of technology being used by their teachers such as television, LCD projectors, interactive white board, OHP slide projectors to mention a few.
There are six academic departments at Preston International School each headed by its own Head of Department. All heads of department report directly to the Vice Principal (Academics) who is in charge of all academic activities in the school. The five departments are:
- Maths & ICT Department - consisting of Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Information and Communications Technology.
- Languages Department - English Language, Literature-in-English, Yoruba Language and French Language.
- Vocational Department - Introductory Technology, Fine Art, Technical Drawing, Music, Home Economics, Food and Nutrition.
- Science Department - Integrated Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science.
- Humanities Department - Social Studies, Christian Religious Studies, Geography and History.
- Business Studies Department - Business Studies, Economics, Accounting.
There will be various laboratories for Biology, Physics and Chemistry for the senior secondary curriculum. However, there is an Integrated Science laboratory for the junior secondary school. The laboratory is modern and well-equipped with requisite, essential and desirable equipments for conducting practical experiments for the integrated science course at the junior secondary school level as per the requirements of the JSS curriculum.
The science labs provide an array of instruments and other equipment for children to try out practical experiments and learn new things. There are also lots of visual teaching aids and models some of which can be dismantled and re-assembled again. All these are geared towards delivering enthusing and interesting lessons during which our pupils learning is accelerated.
The Library is the heart of any learning institution. At Preston, the school library provides excellent support for academic and co-curricular activities with books, CD-ROMS, DVDs, audio and video cassettes, that cover a wide spectrum of subjects to satisfy the urge to learn and curiosity that is so natural to the child. The library constantly acquires new titles to stay up-to-date with the latest in the world and also subscribes to various periodicals and journals.
The school adopts innovative but proven methods of teaching in line with the most current trends obtainable in the most developed countries of the world. As current players in international education systems, the proprietors and staff of Preston are right at the cutting edge of modern techniques and possess an enviable repertoire of teaching styles with the ability of reaching a wide range of learners.
For example, we believe that to be successful in academics, sourcing of information, logical documentation and presentation are essential components in the learning process. Sometimes pupils will be given projects to work on as a group and freely access major sources of information such as books, CD ROMs and the internet on their own. They will learn how to organize their ideas logically using a range of presentation techniques and computer software and thereafter make stunning presentations in class using multi media projectors and presentation equipment.
Preston International School takes the matter of career choices for students very seriously because this is linked with the primary objective and mission of the school i.e. “to raise fine, well-rounded, well-educated, well-cultured, respectable, God-fearing ladies and gentlemen who will make huge contributions towards the promotion and protection of human dignity in our society”. Our mission will only be accomplished when Prestonians are well positioned in their various careers, occupying positions where the full impact of their contributions to society will be felt by millions around the globe who will in return glorify God for them.
Therefore, in order to raise such people who will make ‘huge contributions’ – not just little contributions – to our society, the career choices of Prestonians should be well-informed and divinely-inspired. After the JSS3 exams are over, we usually spend some time researching and building up our knowledge base of up-to-date modern careers as well as traditional careers. We also spend quality time in prayers for God’s leading. The Bible tells us, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12) and also, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes” (Proverbs 3: 5-7a). We know that when we pray and trust God, He directs us.
The Careers Programme usually spans from May till October every year. The objectives of the programme are:
1. To significantly increase the knowledge of every JSS3 student about age-long traditional careers as well as the newly emerging careers of the 21st century.
2. To inform the students of the various career routes available to them within Nigeria and abroad.
3. To use a variety of techniques including psychometric tests and analysis as well as the skills of self-reflection and evaluation as useful tools in identifying ‘best-fit’ career choices.
4. To spend quality time praying for God’s guidance and to receive divine direction.
We have two networked ICT Rooms with Internet access. These are exciting places for the children to learn the latest software applications and programming languages. A dedicated VSAT Internet connection and network provides 24/7 Internet access to surf the websites for educational materials. Computer sessions and Internet access are monitored and supervised by computer experts who aid and guide the children through the sessions.
salem Acadamy of music
Salem Academy of Music is an independent school of music operating in Preston International School. The Academy was launched on the 27th of February, 2010 with the 110 registered students. While music is offered as part of the curriculum at Preston, the Academy offers expert tuition on orchestral musical instruments and presents its students for external exams both in practical musicianship and theory of music.
Aims & Objectives: Salem Academy of Music aims to:
- Train young people especially in the playing of musical instruments to a very high level such that they would be useful in their various churches and in any setting where musical talent can be useful.
- Present our students for standard musical assessment and accreditation with examining bodies such as the MUSON (Musical Society of Nigeria) and the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)
- Have its own choir and orchestra which will present concerts at various times of the year and also participate in external events – both national and international events.
- Be socially responsible by initiating charity/fund-raising events for the betterment of the lives of those in need in our society.
In terms of self-expression, self-awareness and interpersonal skills, the arts are central to the school's holistic ideals. Music provides the lifeblood for the health and vitality of the whole community. All students in the junior school are taught music as part of the curriculum and those who wish to continue studying music in the senior school are given the opportunity. Twice a week, there are music practices for the whole school as part of the extra-curricular activities in the school. However, under the auspices of the Salem Academy of Music, Preston International School's own school of music, Prestonians who enrol learn to play a wide variety of musical instruments and also have the opportunity to appear for the MUSON (Musical Society of Nigeria) and the British Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) certification examinations both in the theory of music and practical musicianship. Membership of the Salem Academy of Music is subject to availability of places, payment of fees and purchase of the musical instrument.
A vibrant and highly trained school choir and orchestra, grace occasions within and outside the school and stage their own concerts. The home choir also hosts professional performers from time to time and also organize visits to concerts and other performances.
Pupils at Preston International School have plenty of opportunities in undertaking sporting activities. We believe that sport and fitness are integral to a holistic education, providing lifelong pleasure and fulfilment, relaxation, exercise, self-esteem and team spirit. Sporting events such as inter-house sports and inter-school competitions take place from time to time.
- 1st Inter-house Sports Event (February 17, 2007)
- 2nd Inter-House Sports Event (February 16, 2008)
- 3rd Inter-House Sports Event (February 14, 2009)
- 4th Inter-House Sports Event (February 13, 2010)
Every Saturday morning, Prestonians enjoy work-outs to ensure their fitness under the supervision of the games masters. Enjoyable chants and songs, aerobic-style work-out are all part of the Saturday morning work out. Girls football teams play straight after the work-out on Saturday.
There are a variety of games played in the school such as table tennis, lawn tennis, badminton, cricket, volley ball, basket ball, hockey, football, handball, swimming and a host of track and field activities.
Arts & Crafts
The creative talents and abilities of each child must be developed in order to enjoy a full and rewarding life. Students do not necessarily have to pursue careers in the creative arts before they are able to enjoy the joy and satisfaction that such activities can bring to one's life. Creative activities such as art often help in the relaxation of the mind as well as providing fulfilment and pleasure. Therefore, besides the curriculum-stipulated Art curriculum, the Art Club provides the ideal environment for sudents to destress and develop their creative skills. Students engage in a wide variety of artistic activities such as:
- Drawing & Painting
- Pottery & Sculpture
- Clay Modelling
- Print making
- Tie & Dye
Design & technology
Design Technology has been introduced as a co-curricular activity under the auspices of the JETS Club (Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists Club). Here children learn a variety of skills such as the designing and making of simple products such as mechanical toys, electronic alarms, architectural models and the design and programming of robots. It is envisaged that these skills will eventually lead to the production of commercially viable products at IGCSE/GCE levels and beyond. It includes electronics and graphics in addition to such areas as engineering in wood, metal and plastics. It is an excellent introduction to many courses both in US and UK universities and an internationally valued skill by many employers.
Part of our vision is to help raise excellent product designers and engineers to secure Nigeria’s place in the global economy of industrialized nations. Prestonians who indicate their interest to pursue careers in the design and engineering industry will be given all the support necessary for them to succeed.
The most memorable learning experiences often take place off campus. Preston International students have the opportunity to be involved in field trips to industrial, historical and architectural sites both in Nigeria and abroad. Some of the trips that we have undertaken are as follows:
- Fine Arts Excursion to Owo Museum
- JSS 3 Trip to Idanre Hills (2009 & 2010)
- JSS 3 Outing to the Apostolic Faith Concert (2009 & 2010)
- SS1 Geography Trip to Akure Airport Weather Station
- SS1 Trip to Senegal (February, 2010)
- JSS 1 & 2 Excursion to Togo (July - August, 2009)
- JSS1 & 2 Excursion to Togo (July, 2010)
The media is central to in 21st century life and both parents and teachers often stress 'personality development' as a central issue of a holistic education. Our students will be taught to express themselves clearly, knowledgeably, confidently and with conviction in a variety of situations. There is an active and vibrant Press Club with up-to-date technological equipment such as camcorders, digital cameras and video-editing software being used confidently and competently by members of the club.
Boarding life at Preston provides almost endless opportunities for personal development. There is abundant time for study, sports, co-curricular activities, for quiet reading and meditation and for simply enjoying the company of mates. The family atmosphere at Preston provides a secure environment within which strangers rapidly become friends. The house fathers and house mothers liaise closely with other teachers to monitor the quality of the students' prep and other academic work. Most importantly, the house parents carry a major responsibility for the happiness and integration of students. The activities of the house parents are coordinated by the head of boarding.
Hostels are purpose-built for comfort and efficiency. A healthy rural environment with lots of fresh air yet close to the city of Akure. There are separate hostels for boys and girls with adequate conveniences (showers, toilets and laundry areas), common rooms with adjoining flats for staff members.
There are four houses at Preston - Shekinah, Aqua, Terra and Tornado. Every pupil belongs to a house. The house system at Preston is set up to engender and foster a closely knit, vibrant and caring community. As part of the positive assertive disciplinary policy at Preston, every pupil wins or loses house-points which are totted up at the end of the week. At the end of each term, the house with the highest number of points has a party!
We are committed to keeping boarders in contact with their parents wherever they may be in the world. The preferred mode of communication with parents is via email. Our state-of-the-art 24/7 internet broadband connectivity and our domain based email for every child ensures constant communication with parents. If parents must speak with their children, we do have telephones which parents may call in the evenings. As a result of the very busy schedule in the school and the need for our students to concentrate fully on all activities in the school, we keep communication with home to the barest minimum.
Academic Review Days occur twice during the course of the academic session during which parents are expected to attend with their children. The Academic Review Days are usually fixed to coincide with the half-term holidays so that parents who live far away may not have to travel frequently. It is for this same reason that we do not have visiting days. Parents are free to telephone the school during office hours to discuss matters relating to their children.
With a capacity for approximately 800, the Dining Hall when completed will be the venue for day-to-day dining and for regular formal dinners. The Tuck Shop – referred to as ‘The Rotunda’ provides snacks and other light refreshments to everyone on campus. All installations are set to be of international hygienic standard with state of the art equipment. The individual daily menus will include continental and traditional dishes. Meals are carefully planned by expert dieticians to provide a balanced diet.
The school has a well-equipped sick bay where pupils are looked after by competent, qualified health practitioners. There are residential full time qualified nurses employed to be available 24/7 should any child fall sick unexpectedly. Also, the school is afilliated to one of the best hospitals in town where students receive the best possible medical care by qualified doctors. Referrals to Hospitals are made whenever required.
Safety & security
Our carefully appointed teachers, house parents and well-equipped security staff are set to work together to ensure that a safe and secure school is ours. The school campus will have CCTV surveillance of all entrances and exits, smoke detectors and a range of security equipment.
Admissions for 2012 september is now on
- Pay the Application Fee of N10,000 (Ten thousand Naira only) to Preston International Schools Ltd. account number 0009743538 at any Diamond Bank branch. Attach teller to the completed form and return to any of the centres listed below or send by courier to the school (see address below).
Application Form 2012/2013 Prospectus 2012/2013
- To purchase from one of the centres: Pay the Application Fee of N10,000 (Ten thousand Naira only) to Preston International Schools Ltd. account number 0009743538 at any Diamond Bank branch. With the teller, purchase a form from any of the centres listed below. Complete form and attach teller. Return completed form to the purchasing centre.
- Application forms must reach the school or centres a week before the scheduled exams - (see dates below).
- Examination Dates, Time & Venues
Saturday 3rd March, 2012 (All Centres)
Saturday 13th May, 2012 (Lagos, Akure & Port-Harcourt only)
Saturday 4th August, 2012 (SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATION) which will be held only at the site of Preston International School, Akure.
- Sit the entrance exam and attend the interview.
- Letter of admission is issued – depending on performance in the examination and interview.
- Non-refundable deposit is paid to secure the admission and all other necessary information will be given.
- Also, please kindly enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with completed form.
- Completed forms must be addressed to:
Student Admissions Office,
Preston International School,
Km 6, Akure-Owo Road,
P.M.B. 786, Akure, Ondo State.
LAGOS - Tomobid School, 2, Amara Olu Street, Off Lateef Jakande Road, Agidingbi, Lagos.
AKURE - Preston International School, Km 6, Akure-Owo Road, Oba-Ile, Akure
PORT HARCOURT - The Grove School, Woji Road, GRA Phase II, Port Harcourt
WARRI - Lakeland School, Ogunu, P.O. Box 1005, Warri
ABUJA - Olumawu Nursery & Primary School, Opposite CBN Quarters, Adjacent to AP Plaza, Adetokunbo Ademola Way, Wuse II, Abuja
Once the application of the candidate has been submitted, the applicant will be required to undertake an Entrance Examination in curricular subjects like English, Mathematics and General Aptitude. The examination will take place at the same time in all centres in Nigeria. Successful candidates will be offered provisional admission. Selection is based strictly on the performance of the student in the Entrance Examination and subsequent interview.
Successful candidates will be given full admission only after payment of the necessary fees and after going through the medical check up and personal interview successfully.
We have a good number of students from other parts of the world such as the USA and parts of Europe. Arrangements are made where possible for picking up international students and transporting them to the school campus for a reasonable charge.
International students must have guardians who are resident in Nigeria who can be contacted at short notice should we require their attention. We do however, keep parents who are resident abroad updated on the progress of their child and developments in the school through emails and newsletters.