The school was founded in 1945 . The school was formerly run by Sisters of the Dominican order until sometime in the mid-80s when the LCBL sisters took over.
Former Heads of school included, Sister Pauline, Sister Jane, Mr Muchenje. Main language was English which had to be spoken at all times except during Shona lessons. Martindale was a boarding school with one class for each grade. Day scholars were allowed for the few workers who worked at the school. In 1985 Martindale Primary School had classes from grade 3 to grade seven. In 1986 they started introducing grade 1 again and by 1987 they had all the classes from grade 1 to grade seven. Former school headboys inclduded Wenslous, Tinashe, Brian Mungofa, Josiah Jiri, Menard Magorimbo, Headgirls Mildreth Magorimbo,Panashe Maindidze and Jean Chirumarara
As a catholic school pupils were not allowed to eat meat on Fridays. Pupils attended mass service on Sundays, Tuesdays(morning mass), Wednesdays(hymn singing and evening mass), Fridays (Morning mass). Saturdays pupils did the afternoon rosary and then had their tuck which was the favourite time of the pupils. All week pupils counted the days and time until Tuck time on Saturdays.
Casual clothes were allowed after school lessons which ended at 1pm. Study period was from 2pm to 3pm Monday to Friday.