...more than a school, a way of life.

2021 Term Dates

Term 1: Wednesday 20 January to Friday 26 March
Term 2: Tuesday 13 April to Friday 25 June
Term 3: Tuesday 20 July to Thursday 23 September
Term 4: Tuesday 12 October to Wednesday 8 December

Holidays within Term-time:

  • Monday 22 March: Human Rights Day
  • Monday 26 April: School Holiday
  • Tuesday 27 April: Freedom Day
  • Wednesday 16 June: Youth Day
  • Monday 9 August: Womens’ Day


2022 Term Dates

Term 1:         Wednesday 19 January – Friday 25 March 2022
Term 2:         Wednesday 6 April – Friday 24 June 2022
Term 3:         Tuesday 19 July – Friday 23 September 2022
Term 4:         Tuesday 11 October – Wednesday 7 December 2022

Holidays within Term Time
Monday 21 March: Human Rights Day
Friday 15 April: Good Friday
Monday 18 April: Family Day
Wednesday 27 April: Freedom Day
Monday 2 May: Workers’ Day observed
Thursday 16 June: Youth Day
Friday 17 June: School Holiday
Monday 8 August: School Holiday
Tuesday 9 August: Womens’ Day

Our Mission

Somerset House is an independent preparatory school that strives to provide an excellent all-round education for children preparing them thoroughly for their futures.

Our Philosophy​

Somerset House is a family school and is welcoming to all. Somerset House endeavours to teach us all to live unselfishly, considering others. Non Nobis Solum. 

Recent News

Recent Newsletters

Vol 1 21 January 2022 Reflection of the Week
2021 Reflection of the Week Volume 40 8 December


2021 Advertiser November Edition
2021 Advertiser October Edition


We are firmly committed to recognising and developing each child’s individuality and potential.

We embrace change as a challenge and an opportunity, whilst respecting tradition.

We choose to provide a unique small school environment for a stimulating and demanding academic programme, emphasising child-centred education, deep-thinking and the development of life-long learning habits. 

We are a caring, Christian based environment, where self-esteem is nurtured, initiative is encouraged and children are able to develop self-discipline while maintaining an awareness and concern for others. 

We understand the valuable role that the arts, sport, extra-mural activities and leadership play in the development of rounded children. 

We are committed to the development and retention of top quality staff and to remaining up to date with appropriate educational and technological progress. We will allocate financial resources responsibly to ensure the delivery of world-class educational standards. 

We are committed to playing our part towards building a better South Africa. 


Somerset House is special in that it seeks to embrace a modern, dynamic, diverse and changing world while underpinned by sound values.

Somerset House is an independent school which makes its own decisions regarding curriculum and learning, while taking cognisance of national and international trends in education.

Somerset House is a disciplined environment where effort, participation and excellence are honoured.

Somerset House has a specialness and smallness which in this day and age is quite unique. The historic buildings and natural grounds are appreciated by all.

For seventy years Somerset House has remained a caring environment based on Christian values where self-esteem is nurtured, initiative is encouraged and children are able to develop self-discipline while maintaining an awareness and concern for others.