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Senior School Overview

One of Roedean’s greatest strengths is the standard of the academic programme at the school. Roedean is a school which is steeped in tradition and, while the curriculum that is offered reflects the traditional values of the school, it is dynamic, and continues to be both relevant and exciting.

A team of highly-qualified, experienced and deeply committed teachers works to assist Roedean girls to achieve to the best of their ability. The five-year journey through the national curriculum culminates in the writing of the National Senior Certificate Examinations of the Independent Examinations Board.

There is a wide range of subjects on offer, including a number of foreign languages.

Each year, we are filled with pride when we receive the results of our Matric pupils as these are, without fail, quite superb. While we are always thrilled by the large number of distinctions, we often derive even greater joy from the achievements of those pupils who have required significant, sustained support to obtain their certificates.

While it is always gratifying that our pupils enjoy overwhelming success in their placement, in the courses of their choice, at local universities, we are also very proud of those girls who have gained places at international universities, as this illustrates the international competitiveness of the education offered at Roedean. Below is a list of past pupils who have been accepted at overseas institutions since 2005.

Although we follow the national curriculum, we do add extra value to it, striving to equip our pupils with the special skills that will be required in the 21 st Century. With the present explosion in knowledge, pupils must be equipped to access, analyse and evaluate information; they require excellent cognitive and social skills. There is extensive use, throughout the curriculum, of Information Technology, and a special Cognitive Education Programme, which began in earnest in 2011, focuses on developing critical and creative thinking skills, and encourages self-directed learning. It also aims to develop responsible citizens who are aware of topical issues and are able to consider and evaluate possible solutions.

- Tessa and Tanya Lee – Brown University, USA

- Michaela Tiller – Harvard Univesity, USA

- Alexandra McIlraith – Princeton University, USA
- Charlotte Savage – Edinburgh University – Declined offer – at London School of Economics, UK
- Adele Rossouw – Yale University, USA

- Nancy Lee – Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, USA
- Radhika Mahidara – Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, USA
- Li Chi Pan – Universtiy of Melbourne, Australia

- Ayanda Collins – Brown University, USA
- Oyinkan Olojede – New York University, USA
- Kara Birkenmayer- Harvard University, USA (Accepted 2013)

- 2012 Savannah Price – St Andrews, Scotland
- Ariana Pather- Brown University, USA (Accepted 2014)

- Katherine Perdikis- The University of New South Wales, Australia
- Lindiwe Makgalemele- Harvard University, USA
- Behnazir Mohamed- University of Pennsylvania, USA
- Ngozi Olojede- Has been made offers to University of Berkley California and University of Pennsylvania, USA

Allan Gray Fellowships
- Prianka Pillay (2009)
- Lindiwe Makgalemele (2013)


  • The daughters of Sheena Duncan, past Roedean pupil , came to talk to SAORA about Sheena’s life and launch a book written on her
  • Mary Burton, past TRC commissioner and member of the Black sash, came to speak to the AM class, and some UVs managed to attend as well. Mrs Burton was poised as ever, but explained the difficult decisions to be made in the TRC and outlined the History of Sash as covered in her new book on the organisation
  • The AMs visited Liliesleaf Farm, and had a guided tour. This museum proved to be very interesting to the girls, from so many aspects of SA history. The feedback was that they had learnt so much form the visit and wished they had covered more of this content in the lower grades.
  • A film evening was held for the AMs on Platoon, to enrich their understanding of the Vietnam War.
    Four girls accompanied Mrs Brown to Constitution Hill, for a debate on the current issue of Racism in SA. The workshop was coordinated by SAHA, and had speakers form the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Steve Biko Foundation and Nelson Mandela Foundation. The girls were able to report back in discussions about the 1970s and 1980s struggle to end Apartheid, and the issues today.
  • A History and Science tour was launched for April 2016, and the take up was overwhelming, leading to 80 girls signing up for the tour, to be organised in two groups of 40, leaving within 3 days of each other. It is very exciting that History and Science will be collaborating on this tour, and the destinations are part of the Matric History syllabus.