The Boys Training School was established over a century ago by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. It is a residential facility for boys. The school was situated close to the prison giving the public the idea that it was a junior prison for young criminals and the residents then were treated accordingly.
In 1960 the school was moved to Gray’s Hill with an attempt to change the perception of the institution and to introduce the boys to the various skills/training that would enhance their capabilities and help them become productive members of society upon release.
The institution was moved to its current Comfort Hall location under the auspices of the Ministry of Education in 1978. The role of the institution is to rehabilitate delinquent boys between the ages of 10-18. Any resident of the institution must be sent by the courts.
The Boys Training School is a home dedicated to improving the physical and emotional health of the residents and will work in partnership with families, caregivers and the community to fulfil its mission and vision.
Mission Statement: To provide a year round residential safe therapeutic treatment programme for chronic and persistent juvenile offenders.
Vision Statement: To use a holistic and integrated approach that spans discipline, crosses institutional boundaries and engages in constructive partnerships with Government Agencies and NGO’s to ensure the services are based on the principles of equity and respect and aim for the highest quality of care.
Programmes/ Skills training: The institution over the years have been involved in the following: soap and chalk making, agriculture – vegetable and livestock, industrial arts, craft, life skills building and sports.