Message from the 19th Headmaster,
Mr Alan Thompson
Welcome to St Andrew’s College. With an incredibly proud heritage dating back to 1855, St Andrew’s is steeped in rich tradition and, at the same time, is a thoroughly modern, progressive boys’ boarding school.
The curriculum is a full one, providing opportunities for boys to realise their unique gifts and pursue them with passion. The academic, sporting, and cultural aspects of the school provide a foundation of absolute excellence that is enriched further by a dynamic Christian environment.
Situated in the beautiful Eastern Cape town of Grahamstown, our school is close to Rhodes University, shops and amenities and yet, a stone’s throw away are some of the best beaches, wildlife areas, and country districts that South Africa has to offer. Outdoor education, therefore, is a key component of the College experience, including the incredible Fish River Journey, various outings in each grade, our own bush camp, and a beach shack.
From Grade 8 to Grade 12 every boy is part of a structured leadership curriculum that provides him with skills and experience in progressive, authoritative servant leadership, that he may go out from here as a young man of substance, ready to lead a life of significance.
Grahamstown is a great place to grow children, and as a microcosm of broader South Africa it provides good opportunity for our institution to partner with local schools in meaningful ways that bring together children and institutions that, by quirk of history have experienced very different pasts. Social engagement is a key component of our being citizens of Grahamstown, South Africa, and the world.
We enjoy an excellent relationship with our sister school, the Diocesan School for Girls. This not only makes Grahamstown the ideal family schooling option, but also creates many opportunities for co-operation between our schools.
I welcome you to our website which, together with our Facebook page provides some insight into the happy and productive place that is St Andrew’s College. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any more information or should you wish to arrange a visit.
Founded in 1855,
St Andrew’s College in Grahamstown is an innovative independent school that embraces new frontiers. This premium Anglican boarding school caters for 450 pupils from across the globe. From Grade 8 to Matric, pupils experience individual attention with a focus on fostering individual talent.
The school is passionate about ensuring that each boy is schooled for life, develops character and strives to reach his full potential. The school motto is Nec Aspera Terrent (Difficulties do not dismay us) – this ideal of fearless acceptance of challenge sums up what the school aims to instil in its pupils as preparation for future life.
St Andrew’s College enjoys a unique co-ordinate relationship with our neighbouring sister school, the Diocesan School for Girls (DSG). Classes are shared by boys and girls from Grade 10-12, while retaining the distinctive features of life in a boys’ school and a girls’ school. The resources and strengths of each school, and sound relationships, are optimised through co-operation and interaction.
THE BOY IN YOU
“ ‘I hope you will always be true to the boy in you.’ With these words Jan Hofmeyr, one of South Africa’s most gifted political leaders, summed up his address at St Andrew’s College Speech Day in 1929 and identified the theme that has run like an unbroken thread through the life of the school during the century and a half of its existence. Be true to yourself and remember that who you are springs from the boy within you.”
Dr Marguerite Poland, Author of “The Boy in You: A Biography of St Andrew’s College, 1855 – 2005”