King Edward Vii School

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44 St Patrick Road Houghton
About Us

King Edward VII School is one of the Top Public Schools in the country. Situated on a magnificent campus in the heart of Upper Houghton, Johannesburg, it consists of beautiful, old, traditional, National Monument buildings, complemented by state of the art sporting & cultural facilities. The School provides a holistic educational experience incorporating a highly relevant academic curriculum, a Cultural programme (including inter alia Dramatic Society, Public Speaking, Chess, Pipe Band & Debating) and a wide choice of sporting disciplines supported by professional coaching.

King Edward VII School is proud of its record of producing quality leaders in all spheres of endeavour for well over a century. This tradition continues today, and is epitomised by the outgoing Proteas Test captain Graeme Smith, who is a product of the School's long history of producing world-class captains and sportsmen.

Admission Requirements

The Gauteng Department of Education has set out an Admission Policy for all State schools in the province. King Edward VII School takes note of this Policy, as established in Circular 80/1999. The School also takes note of the fact that, as yet, no Policy has been established for admissions to schools with boarding facilities. Furthermore, the zoning areas of State schools have not yet been established.

King Edward VII School is a School that concentrates on preparation of learners for an academic tertiary education – i.e. Universities, Technikons, Training colleges, etc. As such, the subjects offered are generally of an academic, rather than practical nature. For example, Mathematics is compulsory for all learners and Physical Science is offered to six out of seven classes in each of the senior grades (Grades 10, 11 and 12). Practical subjects, such as Woodwork and Metalwork are not offered beyond Grade 9. The School recognises the educational need to differentiate in the education of learners, depending on what career paths are envisaged. The School thus reserves the right to advise parents on the most suitable education for their children, taking into account ability, interest, etc. as well as practical issues such as distance from home to the most suitable school.

Admission Procedures

Application forms, information sheets, Scholarship and Bursary application forms and details of Open Day are available at the School from March each year.

2. Application forms are to be accompanied by:
Immunisation card
Latest school report
Copy of birth certificate
Proof of residence or place of work in the area (telephone account, proof of rent, etc.)
Copy of parent/guardian Identity document
2x ID Photographs

3. Scholarships and Bursaries
Academic Scholarships for 2015 have been written. To apply for a Sport Bursary / Scholarship please email a sport CV to Deon Visser, Director of Admissions

4. Preference
Preference will be given to pupils from "the area", brothers of pupils already in the School and pupils from our Primary School, King Edward VII Preparatory School.

5. Feeder Schools
"Feeder Schools" will be visited by King Edward staff during the year in order to inform primary school staff and pupils about the application procedure. Schools not visited will receive all the necessary information by post. This information will include application forms, information sheets, Scholarship and Bursary application forms, details about our Open Day, promotion posters and a School Magazine.

6. Application status
Pupils applying to enrol at the School will be interviewed and informed in August or September but not later than October, in writing, if their application was successful or not.

7. Receipt of application
Receipt of applications will be noted in writing with information regarding departmental policy of registration during August and September.

8. Registration months (August and September)
Application will be divided into Waitlist A (the area) and Waitlist B (ouside the area).

9. On acceptance
A non refundable deposit is payable immediately a learner's admission to the school is confirmed. Separate deposits apply for each of tuition and boarding. Deposits are offset against fees for the ensuing year.

10. Boarding
As no complete Policy for Boarding exists as yet, the same procedure as before will be followed. Boarding applicants will be interviewed and accepted following the same channels as for day applicants.


Opened in Barnato HoJOHANNESBURG HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS 1902- 1903

In 1902, the end of the Anglo-Boer War was in sight. Plans were being made to reorganize the educational facilities in the Transvaal. These had virtually ceased to exist on the outbreak of war in October 1899. Now that hostilities had ceased, plans for the provision of education could be put into practice.

Lord Milner introcuced a strongly centralised and state controlled system of education. He divided the Transvaal into provinces and districts. Each province was to have a provincial school and these schools were to be the basis of his system. The provincial schools were to be public and modelled on British Public Schools. They were to train top government officials for the Crown Colony of the Transvaal. In all there were six provincial schools.

This school, first called Johannesburg High School for Boys, was the second government high school for boys to be established in the Transvaal under the Milner scheme.

on 14 April 1902, the school opened in Johannesburg. It consisted of six boys and five members of staff including the Headmaster. The first Headmaster of the school was Captain Edward Lancelot Sanderson M.A (3rd Battalion Prince of Wales Own Yorkshire Regiment), who was educated at Harrow and King's College, Cambridge. While Captain Sanderson was still in active service, the British High Commissioner and Governor of the Transvaal, Lord Milner, invited him to be the headmaster of the new boys' high school.

The original members of Captain Sanderson's staff were Major S. H. Boyle B.A Keble College, Oxford, J.A. Wilkinson M.A, Caius College, Cambridge, S Caris Instructor and John Boyd, ex-trooper of the Life Guards was the Commissionaire.

Arthur 'Squeaky' Howes was the first boy to enrol at the school. The other five original enrolments were Claude Mann, Gordon Leslie, Sid Pegler, Arthur Troye and Toby Louw.



44 St Patrick Road Houghton
Houghton 2198
South Africa


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