Our Beloved Founder Principal
Late Ms. Helen Dorothea Jerwood.....
Jerwood was born on the 16th September 1879 at the England
Civil Parish, Little Bowden Rectory in Northamptonshire,
England, to Revd.
Frederick Jerwood who was the Rector of Little Bowden from
1874 to 1924 and Dorothea Elizabeth Jerwood. Ms. Helen
Dorothea Jerwood had an elder brother Henry two years older
and two younger brothers, Edward born in 1883 and John in
Dorothea Jerwood, the British Missionary and educationist
had come to India in her younger years with a zeal and
determination and set up numerous educational institutions
in the Country.
It was God’s
supreme plan to instill the vision of setting up a School in
this calm and serene Cantonment area of New Delhi in the
mind of this noble educationist. It was when she attained
the ripe old age of 80 years that the pioneer British
missionary gave shape to her vision in 1960, with strong
determination and undying spirit and established her last
venture, St. Martin’s Diocesan School in the perfect
settings of the calm Delhi Cantt.
As the school
began within the massive St. Martin’s Church, the holy
sanctuary became the symbol of blessing and the perfect
vicinity to realize the dream of the undeterred leader.
Braving the frailties of old age, Ms. Helen Jerwood bicycled
to the nearby areas and canvassed herself of the new school
and urged the parents to send their children to her school.
She faced many struggles in the initial years of setting up
the school. However, she overcame each hurdle with
determination and with the strong support of The Rt. Revd.
F. R. Willis, the Bishop of Delhi Diocese (CIPBC) during
Many were the awe- inspiring exchanges between
Ms. Jerwood and Bishop F. R. Willis that soothed out initial
struggles and established the institution.
the letters exchanged between her and the Bishop bring
glimpses of the difficulties she braved due to sheer
strength of mind.
7th August 1960
‘The Church was entirely surrounded by water when it was
time to go home. There was no brick to make stepping stones.
The drainage was under the Church; the paths were like
canals. The Priest suggested that the Bishop be contacted.’
11th November 1960
‘Can’t get anyone to make us a
playground. Things are really difficult.’
‘I am getting more and more distressed about things
There was a ray of hope at the dawn of the next
year when she wrote to the Bishop on the
‘We are having many new pupils. I want to find a
responsible person to come and take fees in January when we
This was however followed by disappointments and
dampened spirits as the subsequent letters to the Bishop
‘I have only lately realized that we must expect
nearly half of our pupils to leave each year. What a
‘Number of pupils left, owing to postings in the
Spring and their successors have not sent their children
Braving the frailties and weaknesses of old age,
she carried her zeal and commitment with vigor and
enthusiasm till the very end.
Jerwood was called to God’s Glory and laid to eternal rest
when she was 85, on the 3rd April 1965, bringing an end to
the passion and spirit of the determined British
Educationist who chose to remain in India and raise its
educational standards. Her tomb in Delhi bear witness to the
true love that Ms. Jerwood had for the Capital city of India
and its children.
years after its inception, St. Martin’s Diocesan School lost
its protective mother who nurtured it till her last breath.
True to the
School Motto, Light begets Light, the flame that she
kindled, passed on. Years rolled on and the school attained
new landmarks. The success story continues, reflected in the
thousands of alumni who have made their mark in various
spheres all over the world and the young Martiners within
the School Campus who mark the generation next.
The school pays
homage to its dear Founder as it courses through its 56th