Gulu Primary School is a mixed day and boarding church founded school offering inclusive education. It was the first school iin the Nile province established by the Church Missionary Society (CMS) from England. On the 3rd July 1913, Mr. P.T. Hannington (Bwana Mbuzi), the then district commissioner, officiated in the opening of the school building that was under the headship of Mrs. Fisher. The building was to accomodate 400 pupils. In the opening function, Rs. 150 was collected locally and Rs. 100 was generously donated by Mr. P.T. Hannington (Bwana Mbuzi) totalling to Rs. 250.
In 1969, The Most Rev. Janani Lowum (then Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda), introduced a section of the Blind annex to take care of the Blind and Visually Impaired children. In 2013, Mrs. Dolly Oryem (the headteacher), expanded the intake to include vulnerable children with physical disabilities. The school is now providing quality inclusive educational services, resources and individualized instructions to children with physical disabilities, the blind, visually impaired and normal children to achieve academic, social and life skills. Specifically, the school’s experience in and knowledge about how to help pupils who are blind or have low vision in the context of exposing these pupils to expanded core curriculum that teaches them how to navigate their physical, social, and personal worlds is unparalleled in Uganda.
The school’s highest wish is to connect with and serve more disadvantaged children, families, teachers and caregivers throughout Uganda and beyond, thereby furthering its national prominence as a center of excellence for inclusive education.
In working to achieve this vision, Gulu Primary School offers several ways to connect with academic, co-curricular, supportive, and recreational programmes.