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The beginning of Assumption Pathway School can be traced back to 17 January 1938. It was started by two Gabrielite brothers to train the poor and destitute boys. Named the St Joseph’s Trade School, it started with only two buildings funded by the Aw Brothers and 14 boys. The courses conducted then were General Mechanics, Carpentry and Printing.
St Joseph’s Trade School was taken over by the Japanese during World War II.

After the war, the Brothers of St Gabriel re-opened the trade school and an orphanage to house 15 orphans whose parents had perished during the war.

St Joseph’s Trade School became a government-aided school. Students who failed primary school and those who dropped out of secondary schools formed the bulk of the student’s enrolment.

St Joseph Trade School was renamed Boy’s Town Trade School. A year later, it was renamed Boy’s Town Vocational Institute.

The Boy’s Town Vocational Institute was renamed Assumption Vocational Institute (AVI). The institute underwent S$8 million upgrading programme and shifted to a temporary location at Dakota Crescent.

For the first time in the history of AVI, 64 girls were enrolled in the non-technical option of the Basic Vocational Training (BVT) Programme. The AVI Management Committee chaired by Mr Gerald Ee, was set up.

The institute moved back to its newly refurbished building at Boy’s Town. It was officially opened by His Excellency, Mr Ong Teng Cheong.

ITE Skills Certificate (ISC) was introduced.  

Minister for Education, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam visited the institute. The St Gabriel’s Foundation, together with MOE and ITE, announced the enhancement and upgrading of AVI with a grant of S$28 million.

AVI was renamed Assumption Pathway School (APS). Baking practices kitchens and a hairdressing salon were set up. Subjects such as Hairdressing, Baking and Food Preparations, Publishing and Design and Mechanical and Electrical Servicing courses were introduced. I-LEAP a 250 hour structured industrial attachment programme for students to practise their vocational skills and i-STAY, a residential programme for students to develop positive living routines were also launched.

APS collaborated with NTUC Income OrangeAid  on the APS Challenge. This programme aims to encourage students to pursue their aspirations and dreams.

Launch of The Assumption Restaurant for Training (The ART) to enhance the employability of students upon graduation from APS.

Assumption Pathway School was officially opened by President, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam.

APA (Assumption Pathway Academy) was set up. Students who are unable to move on to a higher education, or are not yet ready for the workplace after their 4 year programme at APS, are placed on a 2 year extended programme at APA.

Launch of Bake and Brew, a canteen stall within the school to provide students an opportunity to learn entrepreneurship.