We are known for our academic prowess. Our small classes, with no more than 26 pupils per class, ensure that each girl receives special, personalised attention from the teachers and is able to meaningfully interact with others in the classroom. Our pupils are never ‘lost in the crowd’. Our pupils are individuals – to us, to themselves, to those around them.
Each pupil is assigned to a tutor and Grade 12 pupils also have a staff mentor to guide them during their final year at Epworth. Pupils are able to meet with their teachers one afternoon a week to discuss academic issues or queries.
Epworth pupils write the National Senior Certificate examinations set by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB), and we are proud to consistently achieve a 100% pass rate. Epworth is one of a select group of schools in South Africa (and one of only two girls’ schools in Pietermaritzburg), which are identified as Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Circle of Excellence Schools. These schools are selected for their excellence in education and for repeatedly producing successful candidates for the Allan Gray Fellowship programme.
Our pupils lap up challenges, and tackle tests with enthusiasm. They write various national and international tests such as the English, isiZulu, Mathematics and Consumer Studies Olympiads. We also offer two extension courses for Grade 12 pupils: Advanced Programme Mathematics and Advanced Programme English. Both these courses are designed to stretch students with talent in these subjects and better prepare them for tertiary study. Although these subjects are not part of the National Senior Certificate, the Independent Examinations Board recognises the effort and achievements of these students with a certificate.
Our recent academic achievements:
- 100% pass rate in IEB National Senior Certificate examinations
- 96.88% bachelor degree pass
- 165 subject distinctions (64 candidates)
- 59 out of 64 pupils achieved at least one distinction
- One pupil made the IEB Commendable Achievement list
- 20 top 1% positions were achieved with some pupils achieving top 1% in multiple subjects
- One pupil achieved 8 subject As and five pupils achieved 7 subject As
Our proven recipe produces fully rounded, exceptional adults, and our girls thrive on formal and informal educational opportunities. One class a week is reserved for club activities and pupils choose from a wide selection of club topics such as craft, photography, cooking, debating, scrapbooking, chess and dance.
Epworth has its own school counsellor and female chaplain for additional, possibly non-academic, support of its girls.
“The academics are excellent. We are encouraged to test our limits and go beyond our abilities as we strive to maintain an even higher academic standard. We are privileged to have a wide range of subjects offered to accommodate every girl’s needs. I am proud to be at a school that takes such pains to make sure that I am well educated.”
~ Grade 9 Epworth pupil