Are there places available?
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).
How do we apply
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.
When should we apply?
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.
What criteria do we use to select pupils?
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.
What are the fees?
The basic fee structure – tuition and boarding – varies according to the grade and also changes every year to keep up with inflation.
What is the annual fee increase?
There is usually an increase of between eight and ten percent.
What about extra costs?
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.