Whitesands School, a project of Ikota Educational Foundation (IEF), is a boys’, day secondary school, open to students of all backgrounds, without religious, cultural or ethnic discrimination. The school began its first classes on October 2, 2000. The school follows the educational model of successful, parents-promoted educational institutions that have been in existence in many parts of the world for over four decades.
Our educational model is based on the set of principles that ensures an adequate training to each student, both at school and in the family. At the request of IEF, the Prelature of Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church, provides spiritual and doctrinal formation to the students, staff and parents of the school, without assuming legal or moral responsibility for the school.
Whitesands School is administered by a Management Council appointed by the Board of Governors whose members in turn are appointed by the Board of Trustees of the IEF. Members of the council are all staff of the school. The Management Council is a collegial body led and headed by the Principal who is the chief executive and accounting officer of the school. Other members of the council include the Vice Principal, Junior School; the Vice Principal, Senior School, and the Head of Administration.
The school has two main branches: the junior and the senior branches. Each has its own vice principal who oversees all matters related to academics, personal formation and other activities of the branch. The vice principals are supported by group coordinators who manage a team of educators (subject teachers, advisors, teachers in charge, etc).
Whitesands School follows the Nigerian National Curriculum for secondary schools which consists of three years of junior secondary and three years of senior secondary schooling which qualifies the students to sit for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (WASSCE) examinations. This curriculum is widened to accommodate the Cambridge IGCSE and the SAT of the US.
The school places a lot of value on personal formation. By personal formation we refer to the entire education that a student receives at Whitesands School. The academic programme, extra and co-curricular activities, advisory system and spiritual means of formation, and even the facilities all contribute to the formation of a person with intellect and will. Everything done in Whitesands is done for the sake of the total personal development of the students.
The school campus is in a two-hectare plot in Lekki, an area of Lagos with new urban development in the last decade. Whitesands School has over 5000 square meters of built-up floor area for classrooms, labs and common facilities. There is also a recently-built 2400 square meter multi-purpose covered court.
The school has had eleven sets of graduates, with a total of more than 600 students. Over seventy percent of the graduates pursue their university studies abroad mainly the UK, US and Canadian universities including the top universities like Harvard College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Imperial College, Oxford University, University of Toronto, etc. The first sets of students have finished their undergraduate studies and some have their masters degrees. A handful of graduates received distinctions and scholarships.
Address: Block 140, Whitesands Street, off Elf Bus Stop, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Nigeria
LGA: Ibeju-Lekki , TOWN/CITY: Lekki , STATE: Lagos
Gender: Boys only
Religion: Mixed Religion
Facility: Day School
0706 279 7757 , 0813 041 3671
Fee Range: -
To groom boys, following Christian principles, into knowledgeable, responsible and happy men, who treasure and defend truth, freedom and fatherland.
Through an approach that
* offers all-round formation
* respects the dignity of the human person
* strengthens the role of the family
* and raises the dignity of the education worker
Whitesands School is a secondary school for boys, open to students of all backgrounds. The Catholic ethos influences all aspects of school life and is underpinned by the Whitesands School Educational Philosophy which emphasizes all round formation, personalized attention and the important role that parents have to play as the first educators of their children. The criteria for admission into the school include the following:
1. Entrance Examination results
2. Past academic performance of the student (two preceding years)
3. Interview with the candidate
4. Interview with the parents
5. Recommendation(s) from referee(s)
Subject to availability of places, boys are accepted as long as they are able to take full advantage of the education offered and their parents are in agreement, or at least in sympathy, with the aims and existing operations of the school. Parents of prospective pupils must want their son to be educated in a school that has a clear moral, spiritual and religious foundation. On this condition applicants are welcome from all backgrounds, not discriminating on the basis of race, language, creed or economic position.
Candidates are required to follow and complete each of the following steps in the admission process:
Fill-up the online application form
Payment of application fee and submission of documents to the Admissions Office
Main entrance examination
Aptitude test and interview of each candidate
Interview of parents
Payment of Development Levy to Ikota Educational Foundation
Participation of parents in a Family Enrichment Programme (FEP)
Payment of the school fees of First Term
Candidates should be at least 10 years old before 1st September, the beginning of the academic session, to be eligible for admission into JS1 of that academic session. By extension, the same age requirement applies to transfer students: 11, 12 and 13 years old for incoming JS2, JS3 and SS1 respectively.
It is preferable that the candidate for JS1 is currently in Primary 6 by the time of entrance exam, although some Primary 5 candidates but performed very well may be admitted. Candidates who are currently in Primary 4 are not allowed to proceed in the admission process to JS1.
Candidates will do a written examination set by the Whitesands School, on subjects that are decided by the admissions committee. Other forms of evaluation instruments may be used by the school.
The interview with the parents of candidates is an integral part of the admission process. This interview has the form of exchange-of-notes conversation aimed at knowing the suitability of the family to the school philosophy. Parents of successful candidates are invited to proceed to the next stage where they are given an offer of admission. Note that offer of admission is given to more candidates than available places; therefore admission is on first-come-first served basis.
Offer of admission is accepted by fulfilling the following conditions: 1) payment of the development levy, 2) payment of the fees of the First Term of the incoming session, and 3) successful completion of the Family Enrichment Programme by the parents. The admission process ends once the number of available places is filled.
Whitesands School reserves the right to refuse entry to any applicant if, in the opinion of the Management Team, the school does not meet the educational needs of the applicant concerned.
All information obtained by the School on the candidate and his family during the admission process will be handled with a high degree of confidentiality. The school reserves the right not to disclose, in whole or in part, the result of any stage of the admission process.
Well equipped Classrooms,Vastly Equipped and stocked Library,Well Equipped Science Laboratory and so on.
Nonie, as he is called by most of his close friends, has been in Nigeria for more than 32 years. When he came in 1982 he already finished his Masters in Geology from the University of the Philippines, the same institution that granted him Bachelors degree in 1977. Before coming to Nigeria he worked briefly in mineral exploration and hydroelectric power investigations in various parts of the Philippines. Dr. David finished his PhD in the University of Ibadan in 1988. He was a lecturer at the University of Lagos (Abeokuta Campus - now UNAAB) for a year and the University of Benin for ten years before accepting the offer from Ikota Educational Foundation to pave the way for the beginnings of Whitesands School. He completed a masters degree in educational management at the Centro Villanueva of Complutense University, Madrid while understudying many parents-promoted schools in Spain. When Whitesands School opened its doors to the first batch of students in 2000 Dr. David was the first Director. Presently he is the principal of Whitesands handles the finance and overall project coordination for Ikota Educational Foundation. He also handles the Guitar Club of the school. Dr David attended the Advance Management Programme of the Lagos Business School. Under his leadership Whitesands School has grown over the years both in physical facilities and in student population. It is the first school in Nigeria that offers a unique educational philosophy that emphasizes on high-quality all-round education which is personalised and recognizing parents as the first educators. The school has graduated ten sets of students, many of them pursuing university studies in UK, US and Canadian universities.
Designation: Head of Administration
Tunde joined Whitesands in August 2007 as a member of the School Management and head of Administration. He has a B.Sc. in International Politics and Law from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He loves playing rugby and is one of those publicizing its development in Nigeria.
Designation: Vice Principal (Junior School)
Emeka has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Architecture from the University of Nigeria, a PGD in Education from the University of Lagos and a Masters in Educational Management from Centro Universitaria Villanueva, Madrid. He was part of the Management team that started Whitesands School in 1999. He is currently the Vice Principal of Junior School and is part of the School Management. He enjoys reading books especially classical literature, philosophy and history. He plays badminton in his free time.
Designation: Vice Principal (Senior School)
Sebastian is the Vice Principal-Senior School and has been on the Management of Whitesands School since 2002. Besides overseeing the day-to-day running of the Senior section of the school, he teaches Philosophical Anthropology in SS 2 and 3, and is the Patron of the Badminton Club.
Sebastian holds a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the same university. He also has a Masters Degree in School Management from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.
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