Dr. John Williams, who was the founder of Christian Hospital Tank, also started a school. At various times, other people started schools here on the compound but they closed down after a while.
The Dr. Ulla Schmitz Memorial School started on 1st October 2011 with only a ‘playgroup’ class, which followed the national curriculum. Initially the school was known as an “Early Childhood Education Centre”. Mrs. Naveeda Razzaq, the wife of Pastor Razzaq of Tank Congregation, was the lead teacher.
It was thought that a school was needed to meet the needs of compound families and prospective employees by providing a good, English-medium school, with Christian values. Some of our staff asked us to extend admission to children living outside the compound. The Hospital Management Committee voted in March 2012 to admit children outside the compound, as long as their parents agreed with the value statement. However, the Board wanted to restrict admission, at least at first, to members of the congregation and children connected with the hospital.
In the Spring Board meeting of 2012, the Board of Directors of Christian Hospital Tank voted to formally establish the school. Registration was applied for and granted by Dera Ismail Khan Education Board.
Permission was given by Dr.Ulla Schmitz’s family to name the school after Dr.Ulla, who served at Christian Hospital Tank for many years. She died of malaria in 2009. The Government of Pakistan awarded her a prestigious national award for her humanitarian work as a surgeon here in Tank.