About St Andrews College - St Andrew's College

About St Andrew's College

About St Andrew's College

Welcome Message

Welcome to the St Andrew’s College website and thank you for showing an interest in our school.

A school of welcome and belonging

The strong boarding house system at College is central to its ethos, and the six Houses are the magical environments in which life-long bonds and friendships are formed between College boys. The Andrean community is renowned for being supportive, enthusiastic and loyal, especially the generations of Old Andreans spanning the 167-year history of our school.

A school of wonder, learning and academic excellence

Curiosity and awe are fundamental to any child’s desire to learn and enjoy new experiences. Our world class educational facilities, highly qualified and experienced staff, and diverse range of subjects covering the arts, humanities, sciences and commercial subjects, provide each boy with the academic opportunity to excel. Our parallel curricula of the IEB and Cambridge A Levels examinations opens the door for each boy to pursue his dreams at a tertiary institution in South Africa or abroad. 

A school of opportunity

While our priority is always academic and intellectual growth, we are committed to the holistic development of each Andrean. 

Boys love their sport and this is fundamental to their physical development and healthy lifestyle as well as vivid memories of epic encounters on the playing fields. 

Our clubs and societies provide a multitude of opportunities for boys to unpack and understand the human condition and accumulate emotional vocabulary. 

A genuine and sincere engagement with the community is imperative if a young man is to learn empathy and benefit from the spiritual growth of sharing and listening. 

Our extensive outdoor education programme, with the 21-day Fish River Journey being its flagship, is intended to inculcate in all our boys a respect for the environment and an appreciation of the rich natural world of which they are the guardians.

A school of pride and beauty

Whether it is in a service in the Chapel, an OA reunion dinner, Speech Day or a staff function, the sense of appreciation for the formative role that College has played in each person’s life is palpable. It is a pride driven by the beauty of the eclectic architecture, the lovingly manicured gardens and fields, the faithful Clock Tower with its chimes, but mostly by the beauty of each and every relationship formed and nurtured.


Aidan Smith

Interim Headmaster



St Andrew’s College, St Andrew’s Prep and DSG

At St Andrew’s College, what makes our schooling experience so unique is the collaborative partnership between St Andrew’s College (1855), St Andrew’s Preparatory School (1885) and The Diocesan School for Girls (1874). These schools are historic, independent boarding schools that are highly regarded for their excellence in all spheres of education.

Together with Rhodes University, we form a unique educational belt in the historical town of Makhanda (Grahamstown) in the Eastern Cape. 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.

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

Our excellent full-time boarding facilities become a home-from-home to pupils from over 22 different countries. A full seven-day week programme includes academic, cultural, sporting and spiritual activities that allow for our schools to interact and form lasting relationships amongst the pupils


Founded in 1855

Dating back 167 years, our school celebrates our history and traditions, but we are also constantly looking forward and embracing our progressive future. Situated in the historic town of Makhanda (Grahamstown) in the heart of the Eastern Cape, this top Anglican boarding school caters to 450 pupils across the globe.

The school motto, “Nec Aspera Terrent”, (Difficulties do not dismay us), builds on the idea of fearless acceptance of challenges, summing up just what this school aims to instil in its pupils as we set them up for life.


Embracing Our Future

We aim to produce boys who are confident young men and who celebrate community and diversity. Each and every staff member and pupil act with honour, humility, empathy and display grit in accordance with our Christian values. Our vision is to become the top boarding school of choice in Africa.


Meet Our Staff

We are extremely proud of every single staff member at St Andrew’s College. Meet our carefully chosen and highly accredited staff who come from all over the world to provide our boys with the education, support and guidance they need to prepare them for their future.


About the Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape stretches along South Africa’s south-eastern coast and is one of the country’s most undiscovered tourist locations. Experience the warm and welcoming down-to-earth nature of our province and those who live here. Take in the natural beauty of an untouched piece of Africa and visit our school situated in the historic town of Makhanda (Grahamstown).

Our School Policies

View our school policies which have been developed to maintain the high standard we provide as an independent boarding school in Makhanda (Grahamstown). Please click through to view our policies.