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Cape Town
British, Christian, and South African curriculums
Ages 3 to 18

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CurriculumsBritish, Christian, and South African
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 22 students / class
Maximum 28 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: R 52,100
to: R 146,700
Address: Bredell Road, Somerset West, 7130, South Africa
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Number of students

1200

Most common nationality

South African

Ratio of local students to international students

1:10

Max. number of students per class

Prep: 24
Senior school: 28

Average number of students per class

22 students

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

French or German or isiXhosa or Spanish or Afrikaans

Use of technology in the classroom

Yes

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Somerset College is able to move nimbly and successfully between online and on-campus teaching using various virtual classroom technologies.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

This would be grade dependent.

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Placement test are written for the senior school.
report from previous schools must be submitted when application is made for grade 00 to A-levels.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

N/a

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

95% and higher

External examinations or assessments available

Both IEB and Cambridge AS and A levels are external examinations

Results in these examinations

Somerset College proudly presents the IEB Senior Certificate examination results for the Class of 2020. The Somerset College tradition of a 100% pass rate achieved has been upheld by the Class of 2020. The Somerset College’s matrics have achieved an excellent set of results, despite the many challenges 2020 presented to them. The Class of 2020’s excellent results reflects positively on the hard work and commitment of both students and staff.

The average number of matric distinctions over the past five years stands at three per student and confirms Somerset College’s unwavering commitment to academic excellence. In addition to this, the consistently outstanding Cambridge (CIE) AS and AL results, achieved every year since each level’s inception in the Cambridge stream, support the fact that Somerset College students continue to deliver outstanding academic work.

Pass rate: A 100% Bachelor Degree (University Entrance) pass
Number of A symbols: 261 (average of 3 distinctions per candidate)
Top 1% Awards in specific IEB subjects: 14
Commendable achievement: Achieved within the top 5% in 5 subjects and achieved a rating level of
7 in Life Orientation –
Outstanding achievements: Achieved within the top 5% in 6 or more subjects and achieved a rating
level of 7 in Life Orientation.
Advance Programme A symbols: 8 (All Mathematics)

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Yes. Christian

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

Provision for non-religious students or students of other religious may spend their time in the library when the rest of the school visit the chapel.

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

A well-developed Student Development Unit (SDU) provides support for students experiencing a variety of barriers to learning.

Learning support offered

The SDU often refers students who require professional support to the network of psychologists and therapists that have a good working relationship with the school. There are occasions where, despite the repeated efforts of the staff, students do not respond positively to the support they have been offered. Once again, the subject teacher is the first step in the disciplinary process. Staff would then refer disciplinary issues to tutors, grade heads or the deputy heads for further intervention.
The role of the academic staff in providing support for the students cannot be over-emphasized. The subject teacher will offer support to a student who experiences academic difficulties in a particular subject. The teacher will decide on the level of intervention that is necessary. This may range from a quick extra lesson to more regular lessons. The teacher decides if it is necessary to refer the student to a tutor in that subject. The teacher will communicate with the parents and tutor of the child.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

At Somerset College we aim to produce critical, creative and collaborative thinkers through modern educational practices and the prioritisation of innovation. Our task is to equip our students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world by championing independent and imaginative thought, while fostering real engagement with the challenges faced by our students, our community and our country. The core value of dignity undergirds our thinking, learning and growing.

At Somerset College, through aspiration and creativity, we challenge our lives, our work and our play to have a higher purpose. Here, challenge is not something to fear or avoid; it provides the most valuable opportunity for our students to take ownership of their education and to make the most of the extraordinary possibilities of their years at Somerset College. Here, we challenge our students to realise their full capacity to contribute to a better future for all. With dignity as our source and contribution as our purpose, Somerset College students are equipped to challenge first themselves and then the issues of the world around them.
At Somerset College, from Grade 000 to Grade 12, change is an intrinsic feature of relevant education. As they enter our school, each student embarks on their own journey of personal growth and development of individual excellence. But there is also the powerful change experienced through Somerset College’s wider innovative educational initiatives, social programmes and entrepreneurial projects that aim to equip our students to be global citizens that contribute to changing the world for better, for all.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

School start time

Depending on which section of Somerset College the student is attending - from 7h30 to 8h30

School finish time

From 12h00 to 14h30 depending on which section you attend.

Supervised care before/after school

Somerset College After Care: we have established a routine within a facility which we believe addresses the specific and unique needs of our students and parents. Our aim is to create a “home-away-from-home” atmosphere where children can relax and play within a safe and friendly environment.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Dramatic Arts
Music

School provided lunches

Yes

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Special diets are taken into consideration when preparing meals and eats for sale in the tuck shops on campus.

Sports activities included

SUMMER SPORTS OFFERED
Grade 1 to 7 children participate in the following sports:
Boys: Swimming, Cricket (U10 - U13 hardball), Mini-Cricket (Grades 1 to 3), Athletics (Grades 4 to 7) Tennis, Water Polo (Grade 6 and 7), Chess, Kinetics (Grade 1)
Girls: Swimming, Cricket (U10 - U13 hardball), Mini-Cricket (Grades 1 to 3), Athletics (Grades 4 to 7) Tennis, Water Polo (Grade 6 and 7), Chess, Kinetics (Grade 1)
WINTER SPORTS OFFERED
Grade 1 to 7 children participate in the following sports:
Boys: Hockey, Rugby, Cross Country (Grades 4 to 7), Fitness (Grades 4 to 7), and Chess (this is a paid extra-mural)
Girls: Hockey, Netball, Cross Country (Grades 4 to 7), and Chess (this is a paid extra-mural)
Senior School Summer Sport: Boys' Summer Sports Offered:
Cricket, Golf, Indoor Hockey, Rowing, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, and Water Polo.

Girls' Summer Sports Offered:
Golf, Indoor Hockey, Rowing, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, and Water Polo
Senior School: Winter Sport
Boys' Winter Sports Offered:
Rugby, Cross-Country, Golf, Hockey, Squash, and Tennis.
Winter Sports Offered:
Hockey, Cross-Country, Golf, Squash, Netball and Tennis.

Sports facilities at the school

Astro Hockey field
Netball Courts
Rugby Fields
Swimming pool
Cricket Oval
Squash Courts

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

As a school with a Christian foundation, the staff and students work in an environment based on strong values, spiritual development, and a commitment to community service – all of which play a fundamental role in the development of responsible, caring individuals. At Somerset College, there is a keen focus on educating the whole child. Academics, Sport, Cultural Activities, Leadership and Spiritual Development, Environmental and Outdoor Programmes ensure that every student can flourish and explore individual talent in any number of spheres.

Teaching approach of the school

We envisage a College which
offers a world-class standard of education, within the context of South Africa
strives for excellence in all activities according to each individual’s unique ability
nurtures sound, caring relationships
has a Christian foundation and fosters respect and understanding of other religions
creates a stimulating and challenging working environment for the entire College community
provides an educational asset that serves the wider community.

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