A Family of Schools

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St Andrew’s College (1855), St Andrew’s Preparatory School (1885) and The Diocesan School for Girls (1874) are historic, independent schools that are highly regarded for their excellence in all spheres of education.

The schools lie adjacent to Rhodes University, thereby forming a unique educational belt in the historical city of Grahamstown.

The spiritual life of the schools is a key component and regular services are held in the chapels, conducted by the school Chaplains.

Our excellent full-time boarding facilities become home to pupils from over 22 different countries. A full seven-day week programme includes academic, cultural, sporting and spiritual activities.

The schools enjoy excellent IT facilities housed in libraries, computer laboratories and in the boarding houses. The Mathematics Centre has every tool necessary in understanding the art of Mathematics. Advanced Programme Mathematics and Advanced Programme English are also offered as extra subjects and our pupils participate in both the Maths and English Olympiads.

Pupils write the Independent Examination Board matriculation examinations or they can elect to write A levels through Cambridge.

Our campus boasts a state-of-the-art Design and Technology Centre. Pupils engage in different activities such as drawing, product design, architecture, interior design, technological design, fashion design, food technology, electronics and robotics.

The David Wynne Music School has a reputation as one of the most vibrant, varied and exciting places to study music at school level in South Africa. This is achieved by combining the vigorous pursuit of excellence with the concept of music being a fun language which everyone can learn. The programme consists of: Two Chapel Choirs; Chamber Choir; two Junior Choirs; Wind Orchestra; Junior Orchestra; Junior Concert Band; Jazz Ensemble; Junior String Ensemble; Senior String Ensemble; Brass Ensemble; Contemporary Band; two Marimba Bands; two Pipe Bands; Subject Music classes; Creative Arts classes; as well as some pupil-led ensembles.

The schools are proud of their sporting achievements. With excellent coaching and facilities, many past pupils excel in regional and national teams, and some have participated in the Olympic Games.

Numerous school clubs encourage forward thinking. They include debating, current affairs, chess, Student Christian Associations and First Aid. Drama plays an important role and at least one major theatrical production is staged per annum.

Community Engagement plays a vital role of the ethos of the schools. Pupils are encouraged to become involved in numerous programmes to engage with the greater Grahamstown community. Many of our pupils participate in the President’s Award.

St Andrew’s College, DSG and St Andrew’s Preparatory School are happy, closely connected schools where pupils thrive in a vibrant and safe environment, supported by a foundation of excellence and Christian values.

Pupils thrive in the exciting cultural life of Grahamstown, home to the National Arts Festival and the annual National SciFest.

St Andrew's

The Diocesan
School for Girls