We are committed to ongoing quality assurance evaluations and self-evaluation is ongoing and remains on the agenda. The following methods for self-evaluation are used:
- Staff Appraisals are ongoing within Departments.
- Weekly Phase meetings are held to discuss curriculum, assessment methods, support of children, class activities, special celebrations, duties, staff grievances, differentiation etc. Termly “Review” meetings are held where children’s special needs are discussed, and support measures updated or put in place. The progress of all children is discussed. All formal assessments (tests) in the Junior and Senior Phase are moderated, including exams, which are internally and externally moderated.
- We are evaluated by the WCED annually.
- We obtained our Umalusi Full Accreditation in 2018, after submitting an online evaluation and hosting a formal site visit.
- The Head meets formally with each academic staff member and Head of Department annually, and ad hoc meetings are scheduled throughout the year, if required by the staff member or the Head. The Academic / Cultural Heads of Department meet weekly to discuss curriculum, reporting, assessments, events and any issues. Communication between phases and departments is done regularly and encouraged.
- “Senior Staff” – a group of all the Heads of Department (including Facilities, IT, Learning Support, Finance, Academic, Administration etc meet with the Head weekly to discuss a large range of school-related activities, issues, concerns, as well as to plan for the week, term and year ahead).
- There are many other, ongoing discussions on numerous topics that happen as and when necessary.
- A quarterly Occupational Health and Safety meeting is held with the appointed Safety Representatives. Minutes are kept and all incidents/accidents and the individual Safety Representative physical inspection reports are discussed. The Head signs these off after each meeting.
- For 3 years running we have been awarded a 5-star rating by NOSA (National Occupational Safety Association). In 2019 we were also awarded a 1st place position in Southern Africa for School Safety.
- Our Catering Department undergoes a GMP Food safety Audit annually and we have consistently achieved excellent results of over 90% for the last 3 years.
The School participates in the following bench-marking tests:
- The WCED Systemic Tests for Grade 3 and 6 (Mathematics and English)
- The IEB Core Skills Test for Grade 6
- The IEB Grade 7 MATCH Test for Grade 7
- The Grade 3, 6 and 7 International Benchmark Tests (Australian Council for Education).
Our performance over a number of years on these tests has been most pleasing.
We are affiliated to the following organisations:
- Independent Schools Association of South Africa
- ISASA is the largest association of independent schools in South Africa and the Southern African region. Independent schools are also known as private schools. ISASA is a services organisation rather than a governing body. Membership of ISASA is voluntary and the association provides around 50 professional and collegial services to its member schools. ISASA currently has 700 diverse members that provide quality, values-based education to over 157,000 pupils.
- Southern African Heads of Independent Schools Association
- The Southern African Heads of Independent Schools Association (SAHISA) is a membership organisation for heads and principals of independent (private) schools. SAHISA strives to foster collegiality and the professional development of school heads and their staff.
- Southern African Bursars of Independent Schools Association
- The Southern African Bursars of Independent Schools Association is a professional membership organisation for business managers and bursars at independent (private) schools. Any business manager or bursar from an ISASA member school is automatically eligible for membership of SABISA.
- Independent School Marketing Association
- The Independent School Marketing Association (ISMA) is an interest group for marketers at ISASA member schools.
- International Education Board (IEB
- The IEB is an independent assessment body offering a range of certified assessments, benchmarked assessments and training. They are accredited by Umalusi for school and adult assessments, the QCTO for the Foundational Learning Competence and the ETDP SETA for training courses in assessment practices.
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