St. James Seminary is a public senior high school and a Catholic minor seminary in the Brong-Ahafo region of Ghana, which offers a wide range of opportunities for both seminarians and non-Seminarians to make them not only aware of their potentials, but to fulfill them.
Our school emphasizes moral, spiritual and positive character formation in addition to striving to achieve academic excellence.
We have been adjudged the best senior high school in Ghana over the past decade having featured consecutively in the list of top ten performing schools in the West African Examinations Council’s Senior School Certificate Exams (WASSCE) over the period. We topped the WASSCE in 2006, 2009 and 2011 and produced the overall best and third best candidates in West Africa in the 2016 exam.
St. James Seminary Seminary was established in 1978 by the late Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Sunyani Most Rev. James Kwadwo Owusu. In spite of the initial resistance from many quarters, St. James opened as a private school with the admission of its first batch of 14 students under the supervision of the late Monsignor Robert Mensah Abrampah, the first rector.
The subsequent rectors would encounter humongous academic and infrastructural challenges in its running to the extent of relying on a few teachers to handle multiple subjects. A story is told of the current Vicar-General of Roman Catholic Diocese of Sunyani; Monsignor Dr. George Kwame Kumi who alone taught physics, chemistry and biology for a number of years. The school also relied on part-time teachers from rivals, Sunyani Secondary School to provide tuition to students of St. James in the early years.
Help would later come when a former headmaster of St. Peter’s Boys Senior High School at Nkwatia-Kwahu, Rev. Fr. Joseph Glatzel (SVD) was transferred to Yamfo to work in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sunyani. Rev. Fr. Glatzel single-handedly funded and supervised the construction of the school’s major classroom blocks and its first ever staff bungalow.
Some notable teachers who were of great help during the school’s teething years include; Charles Oko Agyeman, Reverend Father John McVoy (became 2nd rector), Rev. Sr. Gerald (Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit), the first female teacher, Monsignor John Oppong Baah, Reverend Brother Joe Tsiquaye (Congregation of Holy Cross), among others.
The school trained seminarians through Ghana’s old educational system and participated in the West African Examinations Council’s General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level Exams. Students of St. James continuously produced impeccable results year-in-year-out.
However, in 1994, — mainly due to calls on the Bishop by the Catholic faithful in the Sunyani Diocese for the establishment of a boys’ school to cater for their sons’ secondary education — the Bishop agreed to open up the seminary and admit non-seminarians to study alongside seminarians to ensure they all benefit from the high academic and moral discipline in St. James Seminary.
The objective was that the future priests, and future laity, Catholics and non-Catholics, would know each other and establish cordial working relationships within and outside the church in the future.
St. James Seminary Secondary School became a government assisted school in 1994. The administration of the school has since been reserved for the church. The co-operation between seminarians and non-seminarians has been remarkably positive.
St. James offers high school-level subjects in General Arts, Business Studies and General Science programmes.
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