The school has several policies governing students' behaviour. Sanctions for breaches of these policies are applied under certain disciplinary mechanisms.

Disciplinary Mechanisms


The Principal reserves the right to suspend students for serious breaches, as well as make recommendations to the Board of Management for the expulsion of any student whose conduct is deemed intolerable or brings the name of the school into disrepute. We operate in accordance with the Ministry of Education Regulations, 1980, section 29 which states that:

  1. A student shall obey the rules of the school he is attending

  2. Where a student considers that he has been victimized or otherwise unfairly treated he may appeal to the principal and if necessary the Board.


  • Suspension for 1 - 9 days. Parents conference will be held and re-admission slip given to student before returning to class.

  • Suspension for 10 days. The students behaviour history will be submitted to the school Board for review, Student and parents required to meet the Board

  • After two suspensions students will be referred to Disciplinary Committee for hearing/or further referral.

  • In school suspension - Teachers, supervisors, Dean of Discipline, Vice Principals, Principals may give a student in school suspension as a form of punishment for unacceptable behaviour. This may take any of the following three forms:

  • The student will sit on the edge of the garden in front of the secretary's office for the duration of the school day(s) he has been suspended for and ensures that all information from all classes for that day/those days is collected during break and before or after school and that app assignments are done and a submitted to relevant teachers.

  • The students sits under the tank for the duration of the class from which he was suspended and ensures that he gets the relevant information for that class and does all assignments before the next scheduled class in that subject area.

  • The student is given community service which will be completed in any department needing assistance/asked to clean the walls/school yard etc.



  1. Students are expected to conform to generally accepted notions of decency, morality, sobriety, orderliness, respect, courtesy, discipline and such modes of behaviour both on and off campus.

  2. Students are expected to communicate with their teachers in Standard English and should not use obscene language to anyone on or off the campus. The penalty for indecent language ranges from 5 demerits to suspension.

  3. All Activities planned by students must be discussed with their form teacher/grade supervisors and submitted in writing to the principal or vice principals for approval before execution.

  4. All communication to the public verbal or written must be vetted by the Principal/Vice Principals before they are effected.

  5. Students who stay at school in the afternoons and are not engaged in activities organized by the school must/leave the school premises by 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. After this time the school does not accept responsibility for their safety.

  6. Unauthorized movement on corridors and campus during class time and visits to the bathrooms and pipes between classes are NOT ALLOWED. Students caugh loitering will be given two demerits/community service work/suspension.

The Anti-Litter Ticketing System


Foster environment awareness among students

Ensure a cleaner school environment

Ensure that the school's property is protected. Serve as a deterrent to littering and defacement

Serve as an income earner for environmental projects

Students will receive tickets for the following offences

Core Values

Here at Petersfield High School, it is our objective to produce men and women who demonstrate the following exemplar qualities:

  • Honesty,

  • Integrity,

  • Respect,

  • Excellence,

  • Discipline; and

  • Spirituality

School Facts

Quick Facts

Petersfield High School is a co-educational, high school located in Petersfield, Westmoreland, Jamaica W.I.

  • Founded 1973 - Junior Secondary, 1993 - Changed to Comprehensive, 2001 - Changed to High School

  • School colors: Gold & Green

  • Enrollment fall 2013 - approximately 1,700 students

  • Student ratio is: Male - 49% / Female - 51%

  • 28:1 student/teacher ratio; average class size is 40-45 student.

  • 40% of the student body receives need based financial aid through the PATH programme

  • In the 2012 and 2013 school year, Petersfield came in the top 10 of 150 schools in the ISSA sponsored Boys and Girls Championships

Campus Life

To understand the success of our sports teams, performing arts programs and other extra-curricular activities, look inside the students themselves. Teachers, administrators, and coaches respect each student, knowing that if they're at Petersfield High. Our success in Sports serve as a bond between team members, supporting students, the school administration and the community at large and draws us closer, giving an atmosphere of family. This has seen a closeness and brotherhood between students and has given them purpose to excel in the academics and through sports. In fact it has brought recognition to the school, and a greater appreciation and appreciation in our students.The result is extraordinary commitment to self-discipline and teamwork in all chosen school activities.

  • 100% of the student body assigned to at least one extra-curricular program

  • 100% of student body should be registered members of school clubs

  • 4th and 4th formers involved in the Work Experience programme

  • 30 members of school actively involved in Technology Club, which monitor and reportthe activities of the school, teams, through video coverage, web blogs, while learning the skills, of media coverage, filming, video editing, audio engineering, desktop publishing and designs,


Our students come from within the Petersfield Community and other neighbouring communities, near and far and bring with it a variety of gifts and talents within our small school atmosphere. When young people and parents get to know the efforts and commitment of the Petersfield staff and administration they understand how devoted we are to molding the young men and women that will fit into the world of work

Culturally Diverse

  • 100% diversed (out of many one people)

Religiously Diverse

  • 99.9% Christianity; Anglican, Baptist, Holiness, New Testament

  • 0.001 Rastafarians

Geographically Diverse

  • Petersfield is centrally located in Cornwall County in the community of Petersfield. We are 5km away from Parish capital, Savanna-la-mar in Westmoreland.

  • Students live in surrounding communities; some commute from Darliston, Frome, Birds Mountain, Montego Bay, Burnt Savannah, Friendship and more.


Petersfield High offers a comprehensive academic program in college prep, honors and Advanced Placement. Those who are motivated to learn and work hard, within a college-preparatory curriculum, find success at Petersfield and beyond.

  • Petersfield entered the School Challenge Quiz in <<date here>>

  • Top CXC Information Technology Student in the entire English Speaking Caribbean two years in a rows (2000 - 2001)

  • Offers vocations in Visual arts, Auto Mechanics, Machine Shop, Technical Drawing, Food and Nutrition, Electronic Document Preparation Management, Cosmetology, Information Technology and Electrical Installation.

  • Drop and Read - once per week - to encourage reading, and reading in the content area.

  • E-Learning Jamaica - provision of labs and multimedia equipment/internet service and training

  • Weblink, an integrated website that offers many of the recording tasks at school for administrators and students

  • Mathematics lab - computers and software to use in the teaching of concepts

  • Teacher Access to Laptops and multimedia equipment as well as E-Learning Room/White Board Room for technology integration in schools

  • Teaching faculty are credentialed; over 40% have advanced degrees

Arts at Petersfield

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Performing Arts

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Visual Arts

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The athletics program at Mater Dei offers 5different sports programs over three seasons with multiple levels in each program.

  • 10% of PHS students participate in athletics as athletes, statisticians, managers or trainers

  • 1996 - Quater Finals DaCosta Cup

  • 2012 - 9th Place finish Issa sponsored Boys and Girls Championships

  • 2013 - 9th Place finish Issa sponsored Boys and Girls Championships

  • 2013 - 2014 Season - Semi Finals Under 14 Football Team

  • 2013 - 2014 Season - Semi Finals Under 16 Football Team

  • 2013 - Volleball stats

Tradition & Family

Building on 45 years of excellence, Petersfield is rich in tradition and a belief in the very best.

  • Still awaiting a Class reunion to keep us connected to former classmates, faculty and their alma mater

  • PTA/Open Day/Parents Day/Childrens Day/Boys Day/Girls Day/Jamaica day events throughout the school year (that helps to keep and cement bond between students, teachers and the community

Personal Responsibility

Petersfield High School is committed to the health, safety, and welfare of all students, faculty, staff, and guests. An atmosphere of mutual love and respect exists at our school, while the disciplinary procedures address issues that may disrupt our school's commitment to family values.

Petersfield High has adopted a zero tolerance policy for certain behaviors deemed a danger to our school community: Any student directly associated with or conspiring to bring a <<tool>> for <<item>> for sale onto the campus or to any Petersfield High function or activity will be subject to <<action to be placed here>>