St Andrew's College South Africa
The St Andrew's College curriculum offers a wide range of options to pupils with many different interests and talents, and allows for individual attention and assistance. High achievers who need extra challenges are continually stimulated and pupils of lesser academic capability can progress in a group that builds esteem and confidence.
From Grade10-12, pupils are generally divided into
"sets" according to individual ability in each subject, while
in Grades 8 and 9, there is a combination of setting and mixed ability
groups. The teacher:pupil ratio is about 1:12 which enables both a range
of subjects and individual aspirations to flourish in classes which are
usually upwards of 20. Within these small classes, pupils are encouraged
to think independently, to develop enquiring minds and the capacity to
do research using resources such as the Internet and our own Intranet.
Each boy is assigned an academic tutor who monitors
his progress and assists with any personal problems that may arise. The
tutor is, in turn, responsible to the Housemaster, who is in charge of
the pupil's overall development. This personal attention, together
with small classes, dedicated and well-qualified staff and a system that
allows for the boys to progress at a rate which builds self-esteem,
gives each pupil the best possible learning environment. St Andrew's
has a fine tradition of academic achievement to prove this.
In Grades 8 and 9, most of the classes are
single-gender which allows for boys and girls to settle into the own
environments, but from Grade 10, classes are combined with the Diocesan
School for Girls (DSG). This gives pupils to co-educational experience
and, thus, optimises both schools' resources and strengths.
Pupils write the matriculation examination of the
Independent Examination Board (IEB) which enjoys a high profile both
within South Africa and abroad. Access to such events as the National
Arts or Science Festivals significantly enriches the academic and
cultural programme enjoyed by St Andrew's pupils.
In Grades 8 and 9, boys take a wide range of subjects
so that they are able to establish where their special aptitude and
interest lies before specialisation in Grades 10-12.
Subjects offered at Grade 8 and 9 level are, inter
In Grades 10-12, six (or more) subjects are carefully
chose from a range of options:
Group 1: English
Boarding at St Andrew's
St Andrew's College is primarily a boarding school,
providing a home for pupils from all over the country, and, indeed, from
all over the world. This makes for an interesting student body in which
boys can forge friendships with classmates from all corners of the
globe. About 85% of our pupils are boarders. Boys are accommodated in 6
different houses: Armstrong, Espin, Graham, Merriman, Upper and Mullins.
Each House accommodates upwards of 70 boys.
As juniors, boys share dormitories, but are
given increasing privacy and independence with seniority,
eventually graduating to their own rooms.
Friendly Inter-House rivalry plays an important
role at the School, and boys grow proud and supportive of the
House. There is a sense of belonging and being part of a team
which provides for a family atmosphere in each House.
Boarders enjoy varying leave-out privileges
according to their seniority, and are able to go to a local cinema
or restaurant from time to time. Afternoon town leave allows them
time to shop for personal requirements, and parents and relatives
can invite boarders out for meals on Sundays and, at certain
times, for a sleep-out.
A General Practitioner visits our sanatorium
very morning and in the afternoon if necessary, and a fully
qualified nursing sister looks after boys until they are well
enough to return to classes.
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