In the heart of our school’s beautiful campus overlooking the Knysna estuary is Oakhill’s College, which has gained recognition as one of South Africa’s choice independent schools. Our senior school offers a dynamic learning environment for students from Grade 8 to 12, providing a broad, balanced education that is modern and relevant to our times, and which integrates the academic, cultural, social, physical and spiritual components necessary for a young person’s development.

Oakhill follows the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) syllabus which maintains international university entrance standards. The South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) is accepted as a credible qualification by South African and international universities, provided that the results achieved by candidates are good enough. It is therefore imperative to us that Oakhill pupils leave school with the best possible matric results.

Having emerged from Prep School, young teenagers are searching for their place in the world. This is an exciting yet challenging part of the journey towards adulthood. Grades 8 and 9 offer a caring and supportive environment, which stimulates and inspires students to achieve their potential.

What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. George

Bernard Shaw

The Student

  • a developing adolescent
  • a discoverer wanting to explore and question
  • seeking individual identity

The Needs

  • relevance in education
  • open discussions on all topics
  • inspiration
  • acceptance by peers

The Skills

  • self-motivation
  • decision-making
  • effective oral and written communication
  • understanding and empathy for others

During these final years at school (Grades 10, 11 and 12), emphasis is increasingly on academic excellence as students prepare for the National Senior Certificate Examinations written through the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). The Senior College provides outstanding preparation for the challenges facing our young people as they venture onto further education and future careers.

Columbus did not set out to get to America. He discovered it. One does not set out for static known objectives – nor should one merely look in books for knowledge. There is so much within one’s own depth which, if developed, will add to life beyond.

Peter Bishop, previous Oakhill Teacher

The Student

  • a decision-maker
  • a developing thinker
  • idealistic

The Needs

  • self-worth, balance as a person
  • information to make informed choices
  • intimacy and friendship

The Skills

  • the responsibility to respond to opportunity
  • the ability to think critically and independently
  • commitment, endurance, and a desire for personal excellence



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