Bereton Montessori opened on the 10th September 1978 as a pioneer private Nursery School in Rivers State with about 120 children in eight classrooms. The Rivers State Government, after the civil war, had approved the establishment of pre-primary (nursery) schools by private entrepreneurs. The Government established a Nursery Schools Authority and went further to start the Seabed Nursery School in Port Harcourt. Pilot Nursery Schools were also established in various divisions of Rivers State.
In 1978,the Government closed down its nursery schools and invited private proprietors to establish playgroups, pre-nursery and primary schools. Approval in principle was given to such schools already in existence while proper guidelines were awaited. Bereton is unique among various pre-primary and primary schools in Rivers State. It is not an accident of history, or of local patriotism, but the realisation of a dream.
Chief (Mrs) Victoria Diete-Spiff, Proprietor, says Bereton is a product of love, not investment. She has a natural inclination to care for children. “It is love of children that brought me into this vocation,” She explains. Liberal, dynamic and mother to all, she always dream of a formal structure where her ideas for the proper foundation of child education would be laid. Her natural sincerity love and passion for quality, courage and integrity made the relationship between discerning parents and Bereton love at first sight. The school was an instant success.
Before long parents pressurised Chief (Mrs) Diete-Spiff to take Bereton standard further by opening a primary school. A good listener and humanist, she yielded to this popular request by adding the primary school section in January 1983. Since then the primary school has come to be the reference point for quality education in Rivers State, and comparable to similar schools elsewhere in Nigeria and Overseas. The primary school has excelled in preparing children for common entrance examinations to private, federal and state government secondary schools; their performance has been vastly impressive.
Understandably, Bereton was among the first to set off private schools to be fully approved by the Rivers State Government in March 1988.
On September 10, that year, Bereton, deservedly, rolled out the red carpet to celebrate its ten years anniversary. Today, Bereton Montessori glows with success. From a humble beginning in 1978,with 120 pupils, Bereton has grown to span two campuses with state-of-the-art buildings and facilities, instructional and teaching aids coupled with quality, fully motivated professional teachers.
Bereton Montessori Nursery and Primary School now has Campuses in Old G.R.A Port Harcourt and Stadium Road, Port Harcourt.