Rev. Richard Collins founded Trinity College (as The Kandy Collegiate School) in 1872, under the auspices of the Christian Missionary Society based on the traditions of public schools in England. The missionaries took into their ambit the best of our indigenous culture. Today it is one of the leading schools in the country and boasts a rich heritage. The grand Principal of Trinity College Rev. A.G. Fraser brought the school from being a mere provincial school to the status of a national college. In his day (1904-1924) and decades to follow, it became a multi faceted educational institution, equal to that of any leading school in the British Commonwealth. In fact it went beyond being National as in that era boys came to Trinity just to receive their education from countries such as Burma, some African countries, Maldives and Southern India.
Although Trinity College was founded in 1872, its antecedents go back to 1818 when the first missionaries from Britain penetrated the Kandyan Kingdom. Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Browning set up a Mission House in this location, despite the anti-British rebellion that had just shaken the country then known as Ceylon. It was in this Mission House in 1823 that Rev Ireland Jones started an Elementary School of humble proportions which after it closed twice was re established in 1872 by Rev Richard Collins.
Trinity’s mission is to provide the best all-round education for the boys in a caring, disciplined and inspiring environment. This includes academic studies, sports, the Arts and extra-curricular activities.
True to the principles of its Anglican founders, Trinity College has always endeavoured to instill and nurture qualities such as respect, compassion, self-discipline, fairness, honesty and integrity. As an Anglican school, but with children from many different religions, we believe that these virtues are valued not only by Christians, but by members of all faiths.
Trinity College aims to produce the next generation of leaders in Sri Lanka. As such, boys should leave the school confident, articulate, well-balanced and able to think for themselves. They should be comfortable both in English and in their mother tongue. They should be ambitious and determined, yet sensitive to the needs of others. And they should be critical and creative thinkers, who are ready to make a positive difference to their country and to the world.
Trinity College has around 3,000 pupils. Starting at the age of 3 at Montessori Nursery, gives very young children their initial experience of school. The Junior School discovers and nurtures a child's unique talents and strengths; it gives opportunities for boys to try out new and exciting activities; and it provides a sound academic foundation to take to the next level. The Middle School aims to create hard-working, creative, active and disciplined students, who are encouraged to think for themselves. Academic study is balanced by a wide variety of sports and extra-curricular activities. And the Upper School provides multiple academic and extra-curricular opportunities within a stimulating environment; thereby enabling our boys to develop the life-skills to become leaders at all levels of society.
Ours is a modern, forward-thinking school which embraces new opportunities within teaching and learning. Tradition remains important and still shapes some of our guiding principles, but it is a willingness to innovate which has seen the school thrive for centuries.
We offer an excellent sports and activities programme enabling boys to identify and develop their own skills and strengths, within a supportive environment.