Hutton, Disraeli M.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Profile of the high performing principals: Some revelations of the Jamaican school system
Journal of the University College of the Cayman Islands (JUCCI)
Date of Publication
This study explored essential factors which define high performing principals in the Jamaican school system, using a mixed method research approach. Of 999 principals inthe public education system, 125 who satisfied the criteria for high performing principalswere identified by regional directors, consulting with education officers and senior education officers. Twenty (20) principals selected from the six regional offices, along with the regional directors, were interviewed to determine the characteristics, abilities and behaviours associated with high performing principals. Data analysis focused on placing factors associated with high performing principals into categories based on the consistent patterns of behaviours, characteristics and actions which emerged during the interviews. Nine categories were identified, revealing that high performing principals: (a) articulated a philosophy of self and school, (b) emphasized the importance of personal characteristics, abilities and qualities, (c) practiced situational and transformational leadership behaviour, (d) provided a supportive platform for student growth and development, (e) focused on studentsí academic performance and achievement, (f) emphasized the need for strong staff involvement and support, (g) recognized the psychological benefits of a well-managed school plant, (h) engendered broad-based community relationship, and (i) enjoyed a cordial if sometimes fractious relationship with the Ministry of Education (MOE).....