There are two classes per grade and in each class there are the following number of pupils: Grade RRR – 15, Grade RR – 22, Grade R – 23, Grades 1 to 7 – 24
At Epworth Prep, he will experience a sound grounding in social skills, interacting with both boys and girls. He will be taught how to learn, explore and think for himself, becoming confident and well adjusted. He will learn how to study alone, a vital skill for achieving well at secondary and especially tertiary institutions, and the basis of any true form of education. He will receive an excellent, well-rounded academic, cultural and spiritual education as well exposure to various sports (including soccer, rugby and cricket) and community projects. Schooling at Epworth will ensure invaluable knowledge and vital grounding that will last for his lifetime
There are a number of reputable independent and government co-ed and single sex high schools in the Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas. Based on the well-rounded education your son will receive at Epworth Prep, he will fit in ably at any secondary school. Almost without exception, all Epworth Prep boys are accepted into their high school of choice. Many of these pupils go on to excel in a variety of different areas during their high school careers. Feedback from high schools indicate that Epworth boys adapt well to high school life and tend to embrace their new environment with an open mind and with confidence.
It varies from year to year but generally there is a 60:40 ratio of girls to boys in the pre-primary and a 70:30 ratio in the rest of the school.
Boys have opportunities to participate in the traditional boys’ sports such as cricket, rugby and soccer, as well as swimming, tennis, hockey, squash, canoeing, cross-country and various adventure sport activities.
Yes. We operate an Aftercare service that caters for all pupils and runs from 12 noon to 17h00. Parents can choose to make use of this facility for the whole afternoon or part thereof.
We give preference to the Prep School girls who would like to come up to the High School and who are prepared to commit to their places by an advertised date.
Yes, Epworth offers a daily bus service with routes covering the Pietermaritzburg area, extending as far as Hilton. There is also a weekly bus service, on a Monday and Friday, between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. Transport is available for boarders who need to attend off campus activities/appointments.
Prep School: Our main intake is at the pre-primary level. Each year we have 30 Grade RRR places and approximately 14 Grade RR places. Places in other grades depend on availability (for example, places become available if current pupils leave) and can vary from year to year.
High School: Every year there are approximately 76 places for new Grade 8 pupils. Places for Grades 9-12 are based on availability although we rarely accept new pupils into the higher grades (11 and 12).
Applicants are required to complete an Epworth application form, available on the website, and submit it, together with the supplementary documentation and R600, to the Admissions Administrator.
Prep School: Applications for Grades RRR and RR close towards the end of the first term prior to the year of entry. We do not operate on a first come, first served basis
High School: Applications for Grade 8 close towards the end of the first term (in March) prior to the year of entry. We do not operate on a first come, first served basis.
Prep School: For Grade RRR to Grade R, we adopt a “big picture” approach and will consider elements such as: gender balance, demographics, financial status, length of anticipated commitment to the school, Epworthian connection, sibling connection and pupil-school “fit”. In addition, families may be required to attend an interview with the Principal of the school. For Grades 1-7, we will consider the above-mentioned elements but may also conduct a written assessment and/or an interview.
High School: For entry into Grade 8, all applicants are required to write the Epworth Entrance Exam. The results from the exam, together with pupils’ end-of-year Grade 6 report, and an interview with the Head of School are used to select pupils. For entry into Grades 9-12, we consider all or some of the following: reason(s) for wanting to change school, previous school report, financial status, results from an entrance test, interview with the Head of School and pupil-school “fit”.
When offering places, we give preference to our preparatory school pupils, siblings of pupils who are already enrolled, and Epworthian (old girls) children.
The basic fee structure – tuition and boarding – varies according to the grade and also changes every year to keep up with inflation.
There is usually an increase of between eight and ten percent.
There are no extra costs for the pre-primary grades (RRR-R). For Grades 1-7, there is a General Purpose Levy, a Development Levy and a Parents’ Association Levy. On occasion, there may be additional charges for tours or outings but these are kept to a minimum.
We consistently achieve 100% pass rate in the Independent Examination Board (IEB) Senior Certificate examinations. We generally exceed the national IEB percentage for acceptance into university and every year we have girls who achieve subjects in the top 5% of IEB pupils. Read more
A major strength is its focus on an assessment regime that encourages and stimulates teaching that develops skills sets that go beyond subject-specific knowledge and includes those needed for success in life. Pupils learn how to think, not what to think; how to frame the important questions, not only what the answers are; and how to critically engage, not what to say. So not only do pupils receive a good grounding in the fundamental skills and knowledge that underpin the subject curricula, they also learn how to consider issues for themselves, be reflective, analytical and develop unrehearsed responses that they themselves have devised. The IEB system also allows for an extended curriculum in certain subjects which challenges and motivates brighter pupils.
We offer an extensive range of individual and team sports, catering for top sportswomen and for those who enjoy participating for recreational purposes. Adventure sports tours are offered in some of the school holidays over the course of a year. Read more
We feature a rich and vibrant selection of cultural pursuits including the performing arts – music, dance and drama – as well as art, debating and other activities that form part of the club period, which take place once a week. There are also opportunities to participate in cultural tours to local and international destinations. Read more
The basic fee structure – tuition and boarding – changes every year to keep up with inflation. Read more
There is usually an increase of between eight and ten percent.
Extra costs include a General Purpose Levy, a Development Levy and a Parents’ Association Levy. On occasion, there may be additional charges for tours or outings but these are kept to a minimum. Read more
Yes. Once a week all pupils are required to attend a half hour chapel service during the school day. Boarders at school on the weekends are expected to be at chapel on Sunday evenings.
We have three classes per grade with a maximum of 26 pupils per class. In the higher grades, the classes are smaller as pupils are spread across a wide range of subjects as determined by their subject choices for Grade 12.
Yes, Epworth offers a daily bus service with routes covering the Pietermaritzburg area, extending as far as Hilton. There is also a weekly bus service, on a Monday and Friday, between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. Transport is available for boarders who need to attend off campus activities/appointments. Read more
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