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History.pngSt. Andrew's Junior College started as a vision of faith when the Anglican Church in line with national educational developments in the 1970’s took up the challenge of building a Junior College. The building project was subsequently joined by the Lutheran and Presbyterian Churches.

Construction began on 6th September 1976 after the Rt. Revd. Chiu Ban It, Bishop of Singapore gave his blessings and the Foundation Stone was laid by the Tan Sri Runme Shaw on 10th December the same year.

Sited on 6 hectares of land at Malan Road, the original College premises had a built-in area of over 10,200 square metres. St. Andrew's Junior College admitted the first batch of six hundred students to the Arts and Science faculties on 3rd January 1978. It was officially declared open by Tan Sri Runme Shaw on 30th June 1979.The founding principal of the College was the Revd. John Tan Teng Wai. Under his guidance the College rapidly established a presence in track and field and some of the fastest school runners in Singapore of the 1980s were from SAJC. During this period the College also became known for the success of its Commerce Faculty.

Mrs. Belinda Charles succeeded Rev. Tan on 10 March 1990. Under her leadership the College’s facilities were upgraded to facility standards established in the early 90s by MOE. The upgrading was completed in 1993 and the dedication of the new facilities by Mr. Shaw Vee Meng took place on 18 February 1995.

Plans to relocate the College back to Woodsville began in the late 1990s and the building plans for the college’s new premises started in 2000. Mrs. Lim Chye Tin, who succeeded Mrs. Charles as principal on 15 December 2001, continued with these plans which saw SAJC move to Potong Pasir to become part of St Andrew's Village on 15 December 2005. The new College at Potong Pasir sits on 5.5 hectares of land. Architecturally however, there are more facilities than at its previous campus. The College, as part of St Andrew’s Village, was officially declared open by Minister for Education, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam on 26th Aug 2006.

During her tenure at St Andrew’s Junior College Mrs. Lim initiated the biennial Learning Festivals and Service Learning in keeping with the College mission to empower Saints and nurture them as life long learners committed to the community. Her active support of physical education and sports saw the College achieving the Sustained Fitness Award, and she furthered the holistic development of Saints with the inauguration of Team SAJC a support system for students who contribute to the College through their sporting achievements. In 2007, she widened this support system for Saints actively involved in CCA with the formation of Saints on Stage acknowledging the contribution, and importance that the performing arts have in SAJC. Her legacy also includes the College’s Heritage Centre which was established in 2007 as well as the creation of a Reading Room also in 2007 for JC2 students.

Following Mrs. Lim's retirement in 2007, Mrs. Lee Bee Yann assumed principalship of the College.  Mrs. Lee strongly believed in having a first-class teaching force   where the staff continually strives to improve their   pedagogical practices to enhance student learning. Under her leadership teachers familiarized themselves with the latest in educational pedagogy  and research through overseas exposure and by  attending workshops and  conducting research  in  order  to  be  at  the forefront of education  for the benefit of our students. Mrs. Lee also oversaw the construction and opening of St Andrew’s Hall and was a prime mover in the creation of the Anglican Character, Thinking and Service (ACTS) Curriculum. In 2015 Mrs. Lee left the College for a new position and has been succeeded by the current principal Mr. Mark Lo Khee Tian who is an alumnus of St Andrew’s Junior and Secondary Schools.

The College’s current enrolment stands at about 1700 students with staff strength of 170.

The feeder schools of the College are:
1. Anglican High School
2. Christ Church Secondary School
3. Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School
4. Presbyterian High School
5. St. Andrew's Secondary School
6. St. Hilda's Secondary School
7. St. Margaret's Secondary School