Markham College is amongst the most prestigious schools in Lima, Peru. Founded by British expatriates, Markham promotes a mixture of British and Peruvian education. Markham is an independent, non profit-making, co-educational, bi-lingual, secular, day school of approximately 2,000 students aged 4–18.Its students fulfill the Peruvian national curriculum as well as the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) program from the University of Cambridge. Many students subsequently enrol in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.Markham has a very active Social Service policy both through Round Square and the IB CAS element. Each year many hundreds of its students go to help in both national and international service projects.Students are known as Markhamians, while alumni are identified as Old Markhamians.HistoryThe school was named after the British historian and explorer Sir Clements Robert Markham (1838–1916).The first students entered Markham College in March 1946. By 1978, it had grown to about 1,200 students and it was necessary to acquire a second site. The transfer of the Lower School to this site began in 1979. Students enter the school at the age of 4+ and transfer to the Upper School at the age of 11+. Currently, there are around 155 students in each year group. Competition for places is severe and currently (2016) there are very few spaces in most year groups.In 1992, the school became co-educational with girls being admitted in roughly equal numbers to boys. In recent years, it has accepted slightly more girls than boys.