India Schools : Wynberg Allen School, Mussoorie
‘Wynberg’ and ‘Allen’ are both situated on hill tops within five minutes walk of one another. They are on the old Kipling Road from Rajpur just before the final steep rise to Landour. The scenery surrounding them, consisting of mountains clad with Himalayan oaks, deodars, rhododendrons and richly coloured maples, is one of the finest in the world. Close by is the Mossy Falls, below stretches the vast Doon Valley; still further off, the rugged line of the Siwaliks beyond which diverge the silver streaks of the Ganges and the Jamuna; and just over Landour ridge, beyond us, rises the great massif with the age-long snows in the distance. From aesthetic and health points of view, the situation of the school is the best possible. With altitude and extensive forested estates, they have the added advantage of being within easy reach of the centre of the town of Mussoorie.
At Wynberg, a modern three-and-a-half-storeyed building comprising class rooms for the Junior School, dormitory accommodation for junior boys and staff quarters, forms a suitably gracious addition to the schools’ extensive facilities. The existing main building at Wynberg, the ‘Major Hart Memorial’ , was opened in 1941 and includes a fine auditorium, dining hall, study room and dormitories for senior and junior girls. In Allen, the main block, the ‘Allen Memorial’ was erected in 1929 and includes the senior boys’ dormitory, dining hall and activity centre. Senior School classes are now held in a new block.
The schools have ultra-modern student recreation block and a superb gymnasium, perhaps the best in the country, with excellent equipment. An added attraction is our swimming pool. In 1988, a new auditorium with a seating capacity for 1000 persons was built at Allen along with a fully equipped stage. There are two well-equipped computer labs - one at the Junior School and the other at the Senior School. Three modern and well-equipped science labs are located at the Senior School for the teaching of the sciences.
The curriculum includes the teaching of English Language, Literature in English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History and Civics, Geography, Accounts, Commerce, Economics, Computer Science, Art, Craft, Choral Singing, Physical Education, Dramatics, Debating, Elocution, Moral Science and S.U.P.W. and Community Service.
Each dormitory in Wynberg is supervised by a matron, while those at Allen are run by a married couple or by a matron. The matrons are full-time employees of the school, and they look after the general comfort, cleanliness and clothing of the boarders. They sleep in rooms adjoining the dormitories.
There is a hospital of 15 beds in each school under the charge of fully trained, experienced nursing sisters. The nurses work under the direction of a qualified school doctor who visits at frequent intervals and is always available for special needs. In cases of serious illness, or for observation or operations, children are sent to the Landour Community Hospital or other hospitals in Mussoorie or Dehra Dun.
In Wynberg, the Headmistress controls the academic needs of the Junior School, the hostels and the kitchen. All boarding and educational arrangements are the personal responsibility of the Headmaster. The Principal maintains overall control of both the Junior and Senior Schools in all matters.
The co-educational school accommodates around 700 children and is second to none in the country in the varied facilities it offers and the results it has achieved. Wynberg-Allen is a co-educational institution and can accommodate 600 students as boarders. Both Senior and Junior Schools offer some places to day scholars.
Pupils are prepared for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination at the end of Class 10 and for the Indian School Certificate Examination at the end of Class 12. The school is recognised by the Department of Education of U.P. and is affiliated to the Council for The Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, as a Higher Secondary School with the 10 + 2 facility.
The fee details can be obtained from the school directly.
The official application form, attached with the prospectus, must be completed and registered by paying the registration fee, which is not refundable. However, registration does not guarantee a seat reservation. Admissions, where vacancies exist, are made on the basis of an entrance examination/interview. Those children who are registered will be notified of the date of the examination. After examining the child, the Principal reserves the right to admit the child into the class deemed suitable for him/her. Preference in admission is given to boarders who qualify. Registration may be closed at any time at the discretion of the Principal. Normally the last date for registration for day scholars is 15 September and for boarders 30 September.
A student should complete the age indicated below against the class, preferably by the commencement of the academic year. New admissions are not made to Classes 10 and 12.
Adequate facilities are provided for sports at both the schools. Suitable physical activities for boys and girls, seniors and juniors are organised. Boys have hockey, football, cricket, swimming, badminton, basketball, table tennis, roller skating, marathon and general athletics, as well as graded physical exercises and gymnastics. Girls have hockey, basketball, table tennis, roller skating, badminton, swimming, and also a developed scheme of athletics and physical training. Qualified physical directors are on the staff for both boys and girls. A planned scheme of athletics and general physical training is given separately to girls and boys. All students are engaged in healthy sports competition against other schools located in Mussoorie and Dehra Dun and thus maintain a high games standard.
Extra Curricular Activities
The children are taken on excursions, hikes and educational tours from time to time. They are also shown suitable and educational feature films at regular intervals. In addition, a number of students participate in the International Award for Young People.
Various clubs and societies functioning in the school organize debates, declamation contests, exhibitions, drama, audio-visual shows, hiking, trekking, quiz competitions, electronics and many other vocational projects. Educational and suitable feature films are screened at regular intervals.