Karachi Grammar School (Education)

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2017-03-12 14:42:47Karachi Grammar School

The School is located on three sites. The original school in Saddar, the heart of the city of Karachi, is listed as a heritage building and now houses Classes VII, VIII and IX. At Clifton, not far from the sea front, in a building opened in 1991, we teach children from Nursery to Class VI. Our newest premises, opened in 1999, houses our O and A-level students.
The School is entirely independent, receiving no grant from the government or any other source, and is controlled by a Board of Governors registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act of 1860.[1] KGS Introduction
  • Details
  • Motto:

    Indocti Discant (Let the Unlearned Learn)

  • Religious :


  • In Urdu:

    کراچی گرامر اسکول

  • Type:

    Independent school, Church school, Day school, Selective school

  • Established:


  • Founder:

    The Rev. Henry Brereton, M.A

  • Founded:


  • Students:


  • Language:


  • Gender:

    Mixed-sex education

  • Golden Rules promote:

    Understanding of the moral principles which allow pupils to tell right from wrong; respect other people, truth, justice and property; and tolerance of differing cultures.

  • QCT meetings provide:

    egular opportunities for children to discuss and develop empathy for a range of human need

  • Kindergarten Section:

    Nurturing creativity from the earliest years

  • Location:

    Karachi, Sindh Pakistan

  • Nickname:


  • Aim's:

    arouse compassionate awareness of others and to introduce social and environmental issues

  • Buil Up:

    Social Skills

  • Basic of Education:

    Music and visual art

  • Affiliation:

    Church of Pakistan (formerly Church of England)

  • Website:


History of the School

  • 1840 Sir Charles Napier arrives in Karachi and lays the foundations for the social, economic and cultural development of the city.
  • 1847 Rev. H. Brereton, the first Chaplain of Karachi, starts a class from which KGS grows.
  • 1854 The School is formally constituted by Sir Henry Bartle Frere and reopens as the Karachi European and Indo-European School.
  • 1871 The earliest recorded reference to the School's motto, Indocti Discant:
  • 'Let the unlearned learn' (a quotation from Horace).
  • 1875 The School moves into purpose-built premises, (the present Saddar building) largely due to the efforts of Rev. G.B. Streeton.
  • 1879 The name is changed to Karachi Grammar School.
  • 1893 The first Old Grammarian (as far as we know) to gain a Masters degree at university: Matilda Hunt, MA (Bombay).
  • 1912 The first student (Bernard Tobin) takes the Senior Cambridge School Certificate Examination.

The Shed is built as a temporary place for large gatherings behind the main School building.

  • 1916 The top floor is added to the School building.
  • 1925 Electricity is installed in the School.
  • 1927 The First Athletic Sports is held.
  • 1929 The House system is introduced: originally named A, B and C and changed the following year to Napier, Frere and Streeton. (Streeton was the first Cock House).
  • 1936 The first issue of The Grammarian is published.
  • 1942 The First Art Exhibition is held.
The Centenary of Karachi Grammar School.
  • 1949 The War Memorial Block is opened at the rear of the School courtyard.
  • 1956 The School crest is changed to its present form.
  • 1962 A new purpose-built Kindergarten is opened on the Holy Trinity Cathedral Compound.
  • 1963 New Science laboratories are completed.
  • 1983 The first computer arrives at School.
  • 1987 Cambridge examinations are brought forward to June.
  • 1991 The Kindergarten Section moves from the Cathedral compound and the Junior Section from Saddar to combine in purpose-built premises at Clifton.
  • 1999 A new College Section is created for O-/A-level students in purpose-built premises at Clifton; the Middle Section (Classes VII-IX) remains in Saddar.

A new House is created in memory of Mr J L Papworth OBE Music Teacher Vice-Principal Bursar and Principal.

  • 2000 The first students gain ‘Top of the World’ Awards from Cambridge International Examinations.
  • 2005 A major programme of modernisation at the Middle Section begins.
  • 2008 Additional AV-Rooms opened in the Kindergarten and Middle Sections and a Lecture Hall in the College Section.
  • 2009 Three sports courts are added at the Middle Section
  • 2010 ICT facilities are upgraded in the Kindergarten and Junior Sections.[2] KGS History

Nursery to Class 2

Karachi Grammar School
Karachi Grammar School
We offer a rich co-curricular programme which allows students to apply what they have learned in the classroom, strengthen their skills and explore new areas of interests.[3] KGS section

Quality Circle Time

Weekly QCT meetings provide regular opportunities for children to discuss and develop empathy for a range of human needs. The Golden Rules promote an understanding of the moral principles which allow pupils to tell right from wrong; respect other people, truth, justice and property; and tolerance of differing cultures[4] KGS QCT

Art and Music

Karachi Grammar School
Karachi Grammar School
Music and visual art are basics of a good education, not escapes from it. They reveal the creative and aesthetic aspect of the human mind. They train young eyes and ears to appreciate the physical world around us. The aim is to introduce basic ideas and skills in music and art. Music lessons familiarize students with rhythm and melody through classroom songs, recordings and experiments with simple percussion instruments; students learn to identify musical instruments by their shape and composition; and distinctions among pitch, volume and timbre in musical sound. Art lessons include exercises in painting, drawing and craft making; instructions in shape, colour, form, texture, and the visual effects they create. When possible, children go on educational trips.[5] KGS  Sound  

Physical Education

Kindergarten children have growing bodies, and growing bodies need plenty of exercise. Research suggests that disciplined physical activity may sharpen both mental acuity and appetite for learning. Physical education is a part of schooling. Physical education activities cover body control (rhythm, flexibility, agility, balance, direction, speed and intensity) simple sports skills (running, jumping, throwing, catching and kicking) and basic games and exercises (rope jumping, footraces, dances and gymnastics). Instruction encourages fitness, respect for rules, sportsmanship, safety and use and care of sports equipment.[6] KGS Physical Section


Karachi Grammar School
Karachi Grammar School
The focus is on learning good library behaviour and listening skills. Literature appreciation is developed through the introduction of authors, illustrators, and their books. Children learn to distinguish between the structural features of text and the literacy terms or elements such as theme, plot, setting and characters.[7] KGS Library


Given the rate of technological change, it would be a mistake to emphasise PC operating skills as the most desired outcome. ICT is used in an imaginative way to deliver the curriculum using available resources. Children also learn proper computer care; develop mouse-manipulating skills and appropriate vocabulary. Computer programs appropriate to their age and maturity are used to integrate other curriculum subjects into the ICT curriculum[8] KGS Curriculum

Academics and Curriculum

Karachi Grammar School
Karachi Grammar School
Karachi Grammar School gives its students 15 years of education on its three different sites. The Kindergarten and Junior sections are accommodated in one site located in Clifton, with students spending their Nursery, Prep, 1st and 2nd Classes in the Kindergarten Section and Classes 3–6 in its Junior Section. Children spend three years in Classes 7–9 in the Middle School located on the Old Saddar site. On the senior level, KGS is geared towards preparing students for GCE Ordinary Level, Advanced Subsidiary Level, and Advanced Level examinations.The College Section is also located in Clifton.[9]  Academics and curriculum Subjects taught at KGS include Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Biology, Computer Studies, Computing, Pakistan Studies, Urdu, Islamiyat, swimming, English Literature, English Language, Economics, Accounts, Business Studies, World History, Art, World Geography, Psychology and Sociology.

Extracurricular Activities

In the Junior Section, extra-curricular activities available include sports, music, swimming, a school choir, scouts and girl guides, community service, etc. For the middle section, activities and events are organized through clubs and societies, such as the biology and philosophy clubs, and the Helper's Society. At the college section, there are several societies and clubs, ranging from the Eastern Music Society to the Drama Council and from the Einstein Society to the Helper's Society. Recently, clubs and societies in the Middle and College Sections have been made mandatory with the introduction of the Enrichment Programme.

Public Speaking and Debating

Karachi Grammar School
Karachi Grammar School
The school has won national and international debate competitions. It maintains a Parliamentary Debate Team, several of whom have represented Pakistan in the World Schools Debating Championships. Karachi Grammar School is also known for its Model United Nations team. It entered competitions including LUMUN (Pakistan's largest international Model United Nations conference, hosting over 1200 delegates), where the school team won in 2008, 2009, 2012 and most recently, in 2015. Karachi Grammar School also took part in Harvard Model United Nations 2012 in Beijing, China, winning the 'Best Large Delegation' award.In August of the same year Karachi Grammar School sent a 12-member delegation to Hyderabad, India to attend the 2nd session of the Harvard Model United Nations India. Once more the delegation received the overall Best Large Delegation Award out of over 100 delegations and 800 delegates. This made the school the winner at both of Harvard's international high-school MUN conferences (China and India). In the following years, KGS was once again declared the Best Large Delegation at Harvard MUN India 2013 and Harvard MUN China 2014, 2015. Recently they won Best International Delegation at HMUN Boston 2016 sustaining an undefeated streak at international MUN conferences. Notable Alumni This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it with reliably sourced entries.
NameClass yearNotability
Abdurrahman WahidNon-graduatingFormer President of Indonesia
Bilawal Bhutto ZardariNon-graduatingCo-Chairman of the Pakistan People's Party son of former President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari and former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto
Arif Naqvi-Businessman, founder of The Abraaj Group
Rayid Ghani-Academic, Director of the Center for Data Science and Public Policy at the University of Chicago
Nadeem F. Paracha1983Journalist, cultural critic, satirist, short story writer
Faizan S. Syed-Businessman, CEO of HTV
Atta ur Rahman1960Organic chemist; Fellow Royal Society of London; Federal Minister for Science and Technology
Benazir Bhutto1969Former Prime Minister of Pakistan and first elected female head of state of the Muslim World.
Chaudhary Muhammad Ali-Nuclear physicist; Political-defence analyst
Dail Jones1959New Zealand politician; member of the New Zealand First party, was a former party president
Ambassador Thomas W. Simons, Jr.-Former ambassador and Visiting Scholar at Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Navin Rizwi2003Producer, Emmy Nominee
Hameed Haroon-CEO Dawn Media Group
Hussain Haroon-Pakistani ambassador to the United Nations
Jamil Dehlavi-Film director and producer
Kamila Shamsie-Novelist
Kumail Nanjiani1997Comedian, actor
Maliha Lodhi Maliha Lodhi-Pakistani political scientist, diplomat, columnist, and military strategist; former High Commissioner of Pakistan to the United Kingdom; former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States; Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, the first women to hold the position
Murtaza Bhutto1971Politician; senior member of Pakistan Peoples Party
Ameena Saiyid  OBE-Publisher
Nafisa Shah1986Member of National Assembly, Chair of the National Commission for Human Development, General Secretary of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus
Nazia Hassan-Pop singer
Pervez HoodbhoyNuclear physicist; Political-defence analystNuclear physicist; Political-defence analyst
Tapu Javeri-Radio host, photographer, jewellery designer
Sabiha Sumar-Filmmaker
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy1997Documentarian, Journalist, two time Academy Award winner, five time Emmy winner
Sherry RehmanFormer Pakistani Ambassador to the United States, former Editor of Herald Magazine
Waheed Murad1954Actor, producer, scriptwriter,


  1. Tel: +92 21  35876455
  2. Fax: +92 21 3583 2639
  3. psec@kgs.edu.pk

Business Manager

Tel: +92 21 35832673 bm@kgs.edu.pk

Chief Accountant

  1. Tel: +92 21 35876455
  2. accounts@kgs.edu.pk
College Section - Headmaster
  1. Tel: +92 21 35876414
  2. hm.cs@kgs.edu.pk
Middle Section - Headmistress
  1. Tel: +92 21 32253732
  2. hm.ms@kgs.edu.pk
Kindergarten and Junior Sections - Headmistress
  1. Tel: +92 21 35833582
  2. hm.js@kgs.edu.pk
Postal Addresses Principal, Business Manager, Accounts and College Section
  1. Plot ST-19, Khayaban-e-Saadi, 
  2. Clifton Block 5, Karachi-75600
Middle Section
  1. 94 Depot Lines, 
  2. Saddar, Karachi-74400
Kindergarten and Junior Sections
  1. Plot ST-20, Khayaban-e-Saadi, 
  2. Clifton Block 5, Karachi-75600

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