Sir John Wilson School (SJWS) was established by Social Services and Management Trust (SSMT) in Dhaka on 29 August, 1995 with 9 students having two aims:

 

-     provide English Medium quality education under the British Edexel programme: and

-    spend surplus revenue (if any) for the prevention of disability by reducing incidence of disability among the poorer sections of society through Impact JibonTari Floating Hospital.

 

Social Services and Management Trust (SSMT) is a charitable entity established and registered on 18 April, 1995 under Bangladesh Trust Act 1872 in Dhaka bearing registration no. IV 23, formed by a group of companies interested in the concept of education, combined with philanthropy.  The Founder Trustees were Late ASMO Subhan, the then Managing Director, Duncan Brothers (Bangladesh) Limited, Mr Monsur Ahmed Chowdhury, the then Director and Founder Trustee, IMPACT Foundation Bangladesh, Mrs. Yasmin Morshed, Chairperson, Scholastica School, Late Actuary Shafat Ahmed Chaudhuri, the then Managing Director, Delta Life Insurance Company Ltd. and Mr. Harun-or-Rashid, Executive Director, United Insurance Co. Ltd. Soon after this, Mr. Anisuz ZamanChowdhury, FCA from Bangladesh General Insurance Co. Ltd. and Mr. A Rouf from Camellia Duncan Foundation joined the Trust while Mr. Harun-or-Rashid, Mrs. Yeasmin Morshed and Late Actuary Shafat Ahmed Chaudhuri retired from the Trust. Subsequently, Mrs. Nasreen Subhan and Mr Imran Ahmed joined the Trust in 2006. Mr. Subhan passed away on 17 July, 2007 and Mr. Imran Ahmed was elected as the Chair of the Trust in July 2007 and served until 2010. Mr. Anisuz Zaman Chowdhury was elected as Chair of the Trust in 2010. While Mr. Imran Ahmed and Mr. A Rouf vacated their positions, Barrister Rehan Husain, Advocate, Bangladesh Supreme Court and Mrs. Kanak Chanpa Chakma, a prominent Artist joined the Trust in 2010. The present Board of Trustees of SSMT comprises of

Mr. Anisuz Zaman Chowdhury, FCA, Chairman

Mr. Monsur Ahmed Chowdhury, Trustee and Secretary

Mrs. Nasreen Subhan, Trustee (Honorary Director of Sir John Wilson School)

Barrister Rehan Husain, Trustee and

Mrs. Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Trustee

It may be mentioned here that none of the Trustees receive any recompense for their services.

 

Further, in April, 2014, the Board constituted a nine member Advisory Council for Sir John Wilson School with the following:

 

Five Trustees of SSMT and

Ms. Aasha Mehreen Amin, Magazine and Feature Editor, The Daily Star

Mr. A Naser, Businessman

Ms. Fahmida Mariam, Chairperson and Senior Consultant, Pro-Edge Associates Ltd.

Barrister Nasreen Hafiz, Advocate of Bangladesh Supreme Court

 

Sir John Wilson, CBE, DCL, was by qualification a Lawyer by profession, an International Aid Administrator, by devotion a Social Worker and by dedication a humanitarian. He was blinded at the age of 12 and he obtained a graduation degree in Law from Oxford University. He served as Founder Director, Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, UK, from 1952 to 1982, and he was the Founder of IMPACT worldwide, from 1985 until his death in 1999. He was a great source of inspiration for community service and development work in Bangladesh, and thus Social Services and Management Trust (SSMT) established the School in his name with his consent in 1995.

The first Principal of the School, Ms Sarah Streeton, established the Junior Section (Playgroup to Class 4). She had previously taught at the American International School, Dhaka, and was the daughter of Sir Terence Streeton, former High Commissioner of UK to Bangladesh. Ms. Streeton left in 2001. The next Principal, Ms Ann Burghard, a former head of School in south England, joined the School in 2002 and successfully established the Senior Section (classes 5 to 12). She left for the UK in 2012 after a decade with the School. Ms Kirsten Franklin, former teacher and Head of the Social Science department of a renowned school near Toronto, Canada joined the school in the beginning of 2013 but could stay only for a year as she had to leave due to a family emergency.

 

The next Principal of the School, Brig. Gen. Mirza Tazammal Hossain Beg (Retd.), Officer of the Army Education Corps and Former Director - Education, Bangladesh Army Head Quarters joined as the Principal of the School on 10 August, 2014. Brig. Gen. Beg (Retd.), having vast experience both in academic and administrative areas, held several key responsibilities during his career in the Defense Service from 1976 to 2005. His contract was over in August 2016 after 2 years contract with the school.

 

Ms Sabrina Shaheed formally Vice Principal of SJWS took over from Brig Gen Beg and is now holding the post of the Principal since 1 January 2017. Ms. Shaheed has been with the school since its inception in 1995. She started as a teacher of the Early Section and then undertook responsibilities of various administrative jobs such as Head of Junior, Vice Principal of Junior Section and then Vice Principal of the whole school. She has received several trainings both at home and abroad, in the fields of pedagogy and its administration. She has a vast experience in the academic field and has all the necessary skills to deal successfully with her colleagues, students and parents. The school hopes to benefit vastly from her sound judgment and the requisite knowledge.

 

As on November 2016, the School has 1425 students from Play Group to Class XII and is staffed with 156 qualified and experienced faculty members together with 41 non-academic staff members.

 

The new permanent campus of the School is located at United City, Satarkul, Dhaka and classes from KG 2 to Class XII (‘A’ Level) moved to the new campus in January 2016. The Early Years, from Play Group to KG 1, continues to be at the rented Gulshan campus. The architect designed new campus at Satarkul is built on 6 bighas of land and has provision for sufficient number of class rooms, Library, Computer Lab, Auditorium with 350 seating capacity, Games facilities, including Basket Ball, Swimming Pool, etc. While the academic buildings are complete and fully fitted some of the auxiliary units are under construction and are expected to be completed very soon

 

The Alumni of Sir John Wilson School, with commendable academic results, have found their places for higher education in prominent Universities in Bangladesh, USA, UK, Canada and Australia.

 

 Since 2006, a total of 206 students have appeared in the 'O' level examinations and performed most successfully, and since 2013, a total of 32 students have appeared in the 'A' level examinations and have obtained noteworthy results.

 

The School offers a most excellent education to meet the challenges of the 21st Century and enriches each student with a practical approach to life, both through academic lessons and extra academic activities.

The School provides English Medium instruction. But, as 95 % of the student body is Bangladeshi, the School actively promotes local culture through music, literature, art, drama and celebration of festivals. Bangla and Bangladesh studies are taught in all classes, at the same level as that followed by the schools under the national curriculum. The aim is to produce bi-lingual, well-rounded citizens, with a global perspective, who can take the Nation forward.

 

Our overall objectives are as follows:

 

Our Motto “Good, Better, Best” ensures that we are continually seeking to upgrade our educational standards. We seek to create a sustainable economic and academic value for our stakeholders. We endeavour to provide a learning community with a working environment where all staff and teachers are given opportunities for betterment and career advancement. Our academic activities are conducted in a socially and culturally responsible environment. We seek to create an ethical framework for all our activities.