History

The Berekum senior high school (BESS) was established in 1970 by the joint efforts of the Berekum traditional council and the Berekum youth association BYA. Before the year 1970, there was no viable secondary school in Berekum and pupils who passed the common entrance exams had to travel Kumasi, cape coast and Accra for further studies. The only secondary school run by the Anglican Church was an apology of a secondary school with less than fifty students.

 When the BYA appealed to the Anglican Church to improve the conditions of the school, the church in a strong worded letter rejected the association's appeal. The BYA therefore decided to initiate the process to establish the school. They appealed to the traditional council who supported with them with £80. Nana Yiadom Boakye II was the then President of the Berekum traditional council.

 The community center was renovated and was for the school. It was inspected by the Ghana education service who gave approval for the establishment by July 1970.

 The initial problem the BYA faced was how to get students enrolled in the new school. The BYA hired a tipper truck and moved to all the villages to canvas support for the school in terms of enrolment. By September 1970, the initial problem had been resolved and the school began to operate with F.O Asante as the first Headmaster.

 The following people were very instrumental in the establishment of the school; the late Nana Yiadom Boakye II, Chairman of the Berekum Traditional Council, Mr. Kwabena Kyere, Mr. J.E.K Amankonah, Mr E.K. Addae, the late Mr. A.K. Tawiah, Dr. Henneh Ababio and the late Mr. Asomah Gyan.

 

Headmasters and Period in office

Name of Head Master

Period in Office

F.O. Asante

October 1970 – July 1976

Kwame Adum

July 1976 – September 1977

J.G.O Baidu

September1977 – April 1980

Kwabena Kyere

April !980 – March 1982

Donyina Kyereme

March 1982 – August 1984

K.A. Arhin

August 1984 – October 1990

S. K. Ayensu

October 1990 – October 1999

George Adjei-Henneh

October 1999 - 2007

Augustine Adigah 2007- October 2010
Joseph Kwaku Kyere October 2010-

 

Vision

The school has set itself the vision of becoming one of the best schools in the country by 2015

Mission

The school is committed to helping the students acquire knowledge, develop critical thinking skills, right attitudes and values that will enable them contribute positively towards the improvement of their communities.

Programme

General Science

The subjects offered are Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Elective Mathematics

Agricultural Science

Subjects offered are Physics, Chemistry, General Agriculture and Animal Husbandry

Business

Subjects: Financial Accounting, Business Management, Principles of cost accounting and Economics,

General Arts I

Subjects: Economics, Geography, Government, Elective mathematics

General Arts II

Subjects: Christian Religious Studies, Government, Literature-In-English and Twi(Asante)/ French

Home Economics

Subjects: management-in Living, Food and Nutrition and General Knowledge in Arts

Visual Arts

Subjects: General Knowledge in Arts, Graphic design and sculpture.

Status of Institution

The school is co-educational with both day and boarding facilities.

Academic performance

Over the years the school provided various students to various universities in the country and tertiary institution. The school has full internet access which enable students to be abreast with current trends of technology and information worldwide. Courses in moral education and other core subjects are offered, which in effect help equip students with good morals and manners.

In conjunction with the institute of renewable natural resources of KNUST, the school undertakes grass cutter rearing. Interested students get the opportunity of acquiring skills in the management of such projects.

Discipline

In pursuit of the school’s vision all students are required to display a high sense of honesty and integrity in their academic and non-academic life.

Co- Curricular activities

As an all-round institution, the school provides avenues for students to develop their talents. This is achieved through the development and implementation of various activities such as sports, club activities, students’ unions, student’s associations and several others that are recognized by the school authority. Clubs such as Debating Club, Science club, UNESCO, and Green Earth clubs are available. New students are encourage to join clubs actively participate in their activities.

Cultural troupe

The cultural troupe of the school has been the best in the region for several years in inter and intra school competitions.

Spiritual Development

To enhance and promote the spiritual development of our students, compulsory non-denominational church service is held twice in a term while students are permitted to join numerous religious groupings on the compound for regular fellowship meetings.

Groups such as Assembly of God campus ministry (AGCM), Pentecostal students association (PENSA), scripture Union (PEMSU), Catholic Students Union (CASU), Adventist Students’ Fellowship and several others are also given recognition to worship during specified hours.

Population

1341 with 836 Male and 505 Female as at April 2010.

Number of Staff

23 Non-teaching staff including the Headmaster.

56 Teaching Staff

Location

The school is located in the Berekum on the Sunyani-Berekum road, between Kato and the College of Education on the left hand-side from Kato and on the right-hand side from Berekum College of Education.

Contact

+233352222025