Oldest Schools in Sri Lanka (ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පැරණිතම පාසල්)

The list of Oldest Schools in Sri Lanka was compiled after a thorough check in to the history with a quest to find the oldest school in our country. Schools listed are as per the details available currently from various sources and there may be discrepancies of the information.

There are many schools that have been closed due to many reasons (political and social), which are older than the schools that have been listed here. Therefore, only the schools that are still in operation are considered for the list.

If you have a concern about the details listed here and have more information of other older schools, please do let us know in order for us to consider compiling a new list.

65 Oldest Schools in Sri Lanka

  • 65. St. Servatius' College
  • 64. St. Joseph's College, Colombo
  • 63. Chundikuli Girls' College
  • 62. St. Aloysius' College, Galle
  • 61. Zahira College, Colombo
  • 60. Mahinda College
  • 59. Musaeus College
  • 58. Kingswood College, Kandy
  • 57. Rambaikulam Girls' Maha Vidyalayam
  • 56. Nelukkulam Kalaimagal Maha Vidyalayam
  • 55. Maliyadeva College
  • 54. Christ Church Girls' College
  • 53. Piliyandala Central College
  • 52. Jaffna Hindu College
  • 51. Dharmaraja College
  • 50. Ananda College
  • 49. Southlands College, Galle
  • 48. Ananda Sastralaya, Kotte
  • 47. Girls' High School, Kandy
  • 46. Victoria College, Chulipuram
  • 45. St. John's College, Panadura
  • 44. Prince of Wales' College, Moratuwa
  • 43. Methodist Central College, Hakmana
  • 42. Drieberg College
  • 41. Bishop's College, Colombo
  • 40. Wesley College, Colombo
  • 39. St. Thomas' College, Matale
  • 38. St. Michael's College, Batticaloa
  • 37. St. Anthony's College, Kayts
  • 36. Trinity College, Kandy
  • 35. Rippon College
  • 34. Good Shepherd Convent, Colombo
  • 33. St. Anne's College, Kurunegala
  • 32. Jaffna College
  • 31. All Saints College, Galle
  • 30. St. Joseph's College, Trincomalee
  • 29. Methodist College, Colombo
  • 28. St. Benedict's College, Colombo
  • 27. St. Mary's College, Trincomalee
  • 26. St. Xavier's College, Nuwara Eliya
  • 25. St. Sebastian's College, Moratuwa
  • 24. St. Anthony's College, Kandy
  • 23. Udupiddy American Mission College
  • 22. St. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia
  • 21. St. Patrick's College, Jaffna
  • 20. Kopay Christian College
  • 19. Holy Family Convent, Jaffna
  • 18. St. Thomas' College, Matara
  • 17. Hartley College
  • 16. Manipay Memorial English School
  • 15. Royal College, Colombo
  • 14. Vembadi Girls' High School
  • 13. Uduvil Girls' College
  • 12. Vigneshwara Maha Vidyalaya
  • 11. Methodist Girls' High School, Point Pedro
  • 10. St. John's College, Jaffna
  • 9. Sri Jayawardenepura Maha Vidyalaya
  • 8. Vincent Girls' High School
  • 7. Methodist Girls' College, Trincomalee
  • 6. Christ Church Boys' School
  • 5. Jaffna Central College
  • 4. Union College, Tellippalai
  • 3. Newstead Girls College
  • 2. Methodist Central College
  • 1. Richmond College, Galle

1. Richmond College, Galle
2. Methodist Central College, Batticoloa
3. Newstead Girls College, Negombo
4. Union College, Tellippalai
5. Jaffna Central College
6. Christ Church Boys’ School, Baddegama
7. Methodist Girls’ College, Trincomalee
8. Vincent Girls’ High School
9. Sri Jayawardenepura Maha Vidyalaya
10. St. John’s College, Jaffna
11. Methodist Girls’ High School, Point Pedro
12. Vigneshwara Maha Vidyalaya, Trincomalee
13. Uduvil Girls’ College
14. Vembadi Girls’ High School, Jaffna
15. Royal College, Colombo
16. Manipay Memorial English School
17. Hartley College
18. St. Thomas’ College, Matara
19. Holy Family Convent, Jaffna
20. Kopay Christian College
21. St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna
22. St. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia
23. Udupiddy American Mission College
24. St. Anthony’s College, Kandy
25. St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa
26. St. Xavier’s College, Nuwara Eliya
27. St. Mary’s College, Trincomalee
28. St. Benedict’s College, Colombo
29. Methodist College, Colombo
30. St. Joseph’s College, Trincomalee
31. All Saints College, Galle
32. Jaffna College
33. St. Anne’s College, Kurunegala
34. Good Shepherd Convent, Colombo
35. Rippon College
36. Trinity College, Kandy
37. St. Anthony’s College, Kayts
38. St. Michael’s College, Batticaloa
39. St. Thomas’ College, Matale
40. Wesley College, Colombo
41. Bishop’s College, Colombo
42. Drieberg College
43. Methodist Central College, Hakmana
44. Prince of Wales’ College, Moratuwa
45. St. John’s College, Panadura
46. Victoria College, Chulipuram
47. Girls’ High School, Kandy
48. Ananda Sastralaya, Kotte
49. Southlands College, Galle
50. Ananda College, Colombo
51. Dharmaraja College, Kandy
52. Jaffna Hindu College
53. Piliyandala Central College
54. Christ Church Girls’ College
55. Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala
56. Nelukkulam Kalaimagal Maha Vidyalayam
57. Rambaikulam Girls’ Maha Vidyalayam
58. Kingswood College, Kandy
59. Musaeus College, Colombo
60. Mahinda College, Galle
61. Zahira College, Colombo
62. St. Aloysius’ College, Galle
63. Chundikuli Girls’ College
64. St. Joseph’s College, Colombo
65. St. Servatius’ College, Matara

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We are in the process of developing the updated list of old schools with schools in which we were unable to find any official documents. They will be updated in this list eventually.

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