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Foundation Phase

The Foundation Phase is a close, caring and nurturing environment for young boys aged 5-9. Our curriculum is broad and encourages each child's intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical and creative growth.

Specialist Foundation Phase Afrikaans, isiZulu, PE, Music, Drama and ICT teachers play an integral role in the daily programme. Grade One to Three boys receive additional sports coaching once a week.

The boys also enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities after school such as Judo, tennis, swimming and more.

The academic day begins with a Chapel Service each morning. Parents are welcome to join their sons in the Chapel on a Thursday morning.



Maximum Numbers per class


3 classes



3 classes


2 and 3

3 classes each



The school has a total of 140 computers, all of which are networked. Boys begin their formal ICT training at Grade R level using Windows 7 operating system.


The various Grades at Highbury host a number of fund raising activities throughout the year in support of reputable charity organizations, schools or people in need of assistance.

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“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn"
Ignatio Estrada

Senior Primary

Middle School (Grades 4 and 5)

During these years, we focus on developing areas of the curriculum relevant to the Intermediate Phase. In Grade 4 they spend most of their day with their form teacher. In Grade 5 the boys are introduced to specialist teachers in subjects such as Afrikaans, Geography, History, Natural Science, Music, Art/Design Technology and Scripture.

Upper School (Grades 6 and 7)


The weekly timetable includes English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Maths, Natural Science, History and Geography lessons taught by subject specialists. The boys move from specialist venue to venue as part of their High School preparation. The non-examinable subjects like, ICT, Music, Art and Design Technology, Speech & Drama and Guidance make up the rest of the learning experience.

Senior boys are involved in a number of Leadership activities, the most significant being the “Kool-to-Care” programme, where Grade 7 boys lead a group of Grade 1 to 6 boys. The focus is on relationship building and understanding and accepting each other's differences.


We also place great importance on personal and social growth and strive to ensure that our pupils are responsible members of the community.

We believe that a religious ethos is very important as part of our school life and the boys are provided with a happy and safe environment in which they flourish.


A total of 17 different sports are played at Highbury ranging from individual to team sports. Boys are expected to play the sport of the season although an alternative is offered for U12 and U13 boys. It is compulsory to participate in some aspect of the termly sports programme.


The cultural aspect of the school is made up of Music, Speech & Drama, Art, Design and Technology, Debating and Public speaking.


The Senior Primary have their own dedicated ICT facility consisting of Core i5 powered desktop computers. Specialist ICT staff members are on hand to teach the boys a wide range of computer skills, ranging from Microsoft Office applications to Web page Design.

Spiritual Care

Boys attend Chapel every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. Tuesday mornings are set aside for House Chapel while Thursday is Hymn practice in the Chapel.



Maximum Numbers per class

4 - 7

3 classes per grade


Kearsney College

Kearsney College and Highbury Preparatory School for Boys have always enjoyed a special relationship, forged by their proximity, a shared traditional boys’ school ethos and a history of providing world class independent education for boys. The relationship between the two schools is such that Highbury boys have automatic entry into Kearsney College provided certain requirements are met.

Remedial Support

The Learning and Discovery Centre

This is a dedicated Centre for the support and enrichment of our pupils, situated on the Highbury grounds.

Child counselling provides children with a secure environment where they can explore their difficulties through child-friendly and holistic approaches. Child counselling often involves 'play therapy' in addition to the commonly used talk therapy.

Through child counselling, we focus on enabling self-expression and we help children fully express their needs, worries and anxieties.

Identifying roots of behaviour
We aim to identify the roots of the problem behaviours – recognising why the child is emotionally hurt and what his underlying needs are, is a core step of child counselling and helps a great deal in remedying behavioural difficulties.

Modifying the child's behaviour
In this phase of therapy, we help children satisfy their needs in productive ways. Enhancing self-esteem is almost always a core aim here, along with instilling feelings of emotional security. We have periodic sessions with parents where we help them gain more perspective about their child, and understand the role they play in determining their child's behaviour.

Remedial therapy helps the child to:

  • Recognise and apply phonics appropriately
  • Recognise or work out words
  • Be able to read efficiently so that reading is fluent, enjoyable and relaxing
  • Be able to read well enough to take in the content of their reading
  • Apply various skills to spelling
  • Understand the concepts behind maths

This assists the child to:

  • Understand the written or spoken message using various strategies
  • To participate in conversation by planning and selecting language and ideas to get what he wants to say across to the listener
  • Facilitating note-taking and study skills
  • "Reading" non-verbal or body-language to assist in understanding the message

OT will assist children with learning disabilities to stimulate sensory motor function and to develop visual perceptual skills that are the building blocks for school related tasks such as reading, writing and mathematics.

We have a therapist who comes in by appointment.

Physiotherapy assists with:

  • Balance problems
  • Postural problems
  • Co-ordination problems for both gross and fine motor skills

We have a specialized Maths teacher to assist boys with any backlogs or difficulties they may perceive in the subject from conceptual difficulties to application.

Our specialized teacher, who is also remedially qualified, assists boys with Afrikaans, whether they have difficulties with the subject or whether they are coping with the language for the first time. She is also able to assist with English curriculum work.

At the LAD Centre, we hold 2 support Group meetings a term. Sometimes we invite a guest speaker to talk on a subject of general interest to parents who may have a lad with LD. These subjects may vary from medications and alternatives to early intervention, to psychological issues, nutrition etc.

Other meetings are “Open Discussions” where parents may raise questions and voice their concerns round the subject of learning difficulties and related issues.

Learning Support

Highbury's Learning Support Programme gives boys with learning difficulties the tools they need to navigate their own way to success.

What do we offer:

  • Short-term remediation with the intention of returning the boys to mainstream
  • Fully qualified and passionate remedial teachers
  • A maximum class ratio of 1:12 to meet individual needs and provide close attention
  • Classrooms situated in the heart of the school so the boys do not feel excluded in any way
  • Bright, suitably equipped classrooms with smart boards and internet connectivity
  • A flexible curriculum offering English language and mathematics, as well as ICT, life-skills, physical education, design technology, art and music/drama
  • A setting that fosters cognitive, social and emotional growth
  • Guidance to understand, accept and appreciate each other as individuals
  • Full integration with all Highbury boys in the following areas; Chapel services, playgrounds, lunch, extra-mural activities (sporting and cultural), pastoral care programmes, outdoor and extension opportunities, etc.
  • Parent support groups and presentations from educational and medical professionals on a termly basis
  • On-site therapists and specialists for any additional private Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy or Remedial Therapy that is recommended
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We believe in using iPads as a means to provide a more dynamic, engaged and creative learning experience, one which encourages independence of thought and expression.

Why use iPads for learning?

  • Huge scope for teaching and learning apps - Educationalists can work with developers to create new and innovative software which reflect the learner's needs and expectations in technology.
  • Auto-Save - Saving files takes place automatically and constantly in the background, which means learners (and teachers) know their work is always safe.
  • Contextual Learning - Ideal for projects and learning outside the classroom the form factor, battery life and apps mean that the iPad can be an 'anywhere anytime' learning device.


The school has a total of 140 computers, all of which are networked. Boys begin their formal ICT training at Grade R level using Windows 7 operating system.

Smart Boards

Data projectors and Smart Boards are deployed throughout the school, with all classrooms having full time access to the Internet, enabling class teachers to make maximum use of online resources to enrich the learning process.