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Message from Executive Headmistress

In today’s demanding educational environment schools should be held accountable and judged, not only on academic, cultural and sport standards, but on how effectively and successfully they create within their pupils skills that will be demanded in the societies and economies of the future.

It is in that spirit, too that two young women – Theresa Lawrence and Katherine Margaret Earle – travelled to South Africa in 1902 to establish a school in Johannesburg in which girls could be educated in an environment which would encourage them to be independent in their ability and capacity to think and learn.

The founding values of Truth, Honour, Freedom, and Courtesy have created a strong ethos within which the school continues to flourish. One of its great strengths is the juxtaposition of this traditional ethos alongside a dynamic and relevant teaching and learning curriculum.

The original school building in Parktown was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, who worked in South Africa at the turn of the 19th century. Roedean is celebrating its 110th birthday this year and there will be many occasions for celebration.

Welcome to the Roedean website, I trust you will enjoy your journey through the many facets of this remarkable school.