Our School Story
Who was John T. Errington?
John T. Errington was a pioneer farmer on Sea Island who purchased 210 acres of land from Hugh Boyd around 1879. He was one of the early petitioners for the incorporation of Richmond as a municipality. In 1881, 1883, and in 1890, he served as a municipal councilor. As well, he spearheaded the movement to build the Marpole Street Bridge to Sea Island. He also donated land for the building of the first Presbyterian churches in Richmond and in the Lower Mainland.
About Our School
Errington has been providing quality education to our school community for over 60 years. Located in south-central Richmond, our school is one of the oldest schools in the city, and has experienced many upgrades and expansions along the way. Annually, we have numerous visitors to Errington who are former students, teachers, or staff members.
At one time Errington was a smaller school with only about 200 students, but over the last few years, we have seen gradual increases in our enrollment and are now experiencing waitlists in some grades. For example in 2017, we had 242 students in 11 divisions with approximately 30 new Kindergarten registrations. For this coming year in 2021/22 our enrollment has grown to over 280 students in 12 divisions with very little room to expand. As a result we have had to limit the number of Kindergarten classes to 2, despite having over 50 new registrations.
The majority of our students have English as a second language, most speaking Mandarin or Cantonese as their first language. Our staff and students are kind, caring and hard-working and enjoy working togetherin creating a safe and welcoming community where all people are accepted and respected. .
In addition to the neighborhood school, we opened the Errington Learning Centre (ELC) in 2014 as part of our school. The ELC is a district-based program for students having complex special needs – students where the typical classroom setting does not meet their needs. Our program has been highly successful for our students, often helping them transitionback into regular classrooms either here at Errington or back to their home school. .
Another part of our school community is the before and after school care program called Tomorrow's Top Kids. This program provides day care support for school aged children from our school and others in Richmond, before and after school while parents are working. It is open at 7:00 am and closes at 6:00 pm. For further information you can contact them at 604-437-4744.
Whether in the parking lot, on the playground, or in the classroom, our school is a safe and welcoming place for all. If you are looking for a great place for your children to live, learn and grow, we hope you will consider joining our school community.
Our School Motto
"Creating the future, one learner at a time"