Executive Head – Welcome Message

One of the time-honoured traditions at Roedean is the joyful singing of our school song on our annual Foundation Day. The spritely voices of the youngest girls in St Margaret’s unite with the more confident tones of our Senior School girls in their singing of The Best School of All. With all the pupils linked as sisters-in -arms, occasions like these show how Roedean girls progress through their schooling, and highlight the beauty of friendships that, frequently, last a lifetime.

It was at Newnham College, Cambridge, that our Founders met. Theresa Lawrence came from a family of Christian non-conformists, and was said to be cheerful and determined. She enjoyed the backing of a close-knit family, whose members were pioneers in women’s education, and started our sister school in Brighton in 1885. Katherine Margaret Earle also possessed a dynamic and perceptive intellect, prioritized scholarship, and had a pleasing gift for inspiring the young.

At Roedean, we continue to educate ethical and inspirational women, based on the noble belief that we are able to nurture our girls’ talents and see them flourish.

In 1903, during a turbulent and poignant period of our country’s history, inspired by their suffragist principles and adventurous spirits, Miss Lawrence and Miss Earle established Roedean School South Africa. More than a century later, the unique melding of these two characters – a union of academic rigour and a generous concern to bring out the best in young people – continues to shape Roedean’s bold commitment to educating independent, self-reliant, and thoughtful young women.

Leading lives of significance– keep that promise in mind, as you navigate the pages of our website and learn more about the Roedean of today.

Our curriculum remains broad and innovative, paying particular attention to the best international practices. Our girls showcase an exceptionally varied range of interests, and are deliberate about the depth of their scholarship, balanced by sport and related competitive interests, music, and other cultural pursuits, and by their involvement in environmental or wider matters of social conscience. At Roedean, we continue to educate ethical and inspirational women, based on the noble belief that we are able to nurture our girls’ talents and see them flourish.

Honneur Aulx Dignes

Mr MK Thomas

BA (Hons) HDE Rhodes, MSc Oxon

2018 Annual Music Picnic
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SA's Pioneers of Cognitive Education

Since 2009, Thinking Skill have been an integral part of the curriculum, preparing pupils for the challenges of higher education and life itself. We strive to prepare our girls to lead ‘life of significance’ in a world of exponential change. Roedean is the only school in SA to be accredited as a Thinking School from Grades 0-12.