Mr Babatunde and Mrs Oliver McWilliams started Bavia on September 17, 2002 with just 145 pupils split between five classes.
The classes ranged from nursery 1, 2 and 3 hosting 120/145 pupils; whiles class 1 had 18 pupils and class 2 with 7. At that time when a child reaches class 2 he or she was sent to another school to finish their primary education.
The original vision was not to open a primary school but to hold evening classes for students who were taking the Basic Examination Certificate Exam. This is a nationwide exam taken by students in secondary education in Sierra Leone.
There is a half developed building at the back of the couple’s house that holds all of the children of Bavia from nursery to class 6.
Due to new government regulation and the high number of new schools being set-up in the area, Bavia was forced to reduce its numbers to 130 students.
THEREFORE THE CLASS HOSTS THE FOLLOWING NUMBER OF STUDENTS:-
- Nursery 1 has 5 boys and 3 girls
- Nursery 2 has 6 boys and 2 girls
- Reception has 7 boys and 8 girls
- Class 1 has 9 boys and 4 girls
- Class 2 has 11 boys and 5 girls
- Class 3 has 4 boys and 14 girls
- Class 4 has 12 boys and 8 girls
- Class 5 has 4 boys and 7 girls
- Class 6 has 9 boys and 11 girls
For the last two years the children in class 6 have successfully taken the national entrance exams for selection into secondary school.
There are 11 teachers. The head teacher is Mrs Oliver McWilliams. A mixed school of 130 students, this will change in the new school year in September 2009.
WHAT BAVIA NURSERY AND PREPARATORY SCHOOL NEEDS
- Stationery for students
- Stationery for school
- Financial help to finish school building