St John's College

Welcome from the Head

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Mr Stuart West

St John’s College was founded in 1898, only 12 years after the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand. Today it is counted as one of South Africa’s pre-eminent schools, with a reputation for excellence that extends well beyond the borders of South Africa.

St John’s was founded by the Anglican Church – Anglican traditions and values underpin everything we do. Our School Prayer calls upon God to make St John’s a home of religious discipline, which sends forth young men and women “rightly trained in body, mind and character”.

St John’s is unique in the South African school context in that it is a boys’ school, book-ended by girls: we are joined by girls in the earliest phase of education at The Bridge Nursery School, and again at the final stage in Sixth Form. The St John’s Sixth Form is the oldest post-matric Cambridge centre in the country and we are proud of the excellent results it achieves in the examinations each year. The academic edge provided by teaching and learning in an internationally accredited system not only gives our teachers and students an opportunity to benchmark against the best in the world.

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