Catering for over 500 students from Grades 8 to 12, Somerset College Senior School is a happy, dynamic learning community. Of the approximately 100 Grade 8 students enrolled annually, almost 50% come from our own Preparatory school, 25% from Somerset House in Somerset West, and the balance from other local and regional schools.
Education of the whole child
The academic staff recognise the development of the whole child as being of vital importance. As such, all staff are expected to contribute to the extra-mural and co-curricular programmes of the school.
This ensures that our educational offering is not only broad, but extensive, and is able to identify a sphere in which every student is able to showcase their particular talents, whether they lie in the cultural, sporting, social or leadership arenas.
Physical and Outdoor Education
The role of physical development in contributing to the emotional growth of adolescents is of paramount importance
All students are required to play a sport, with the emphasis being both on participation and excellence. In addition, an established programme of outdoor education is integral to the school's educational offering.
Independent Examination Board and cutting edge education
Our students are prepared to write the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matriculation. The IEB is a South African assessment body which caters for the majority of better-resourced independent or private schools in Southern Africa. Internationally benchmarked, it is a rigorous vehicle for ensuring the maintenance of high standards, and promoting innnovative teaching and learning of the South African national curriculum. As a result of our involvement with the IEB, our staff are in the privileged position of being able to network with like-minded IEB members, giving the school a strong, competitive edge.
A cultured environment
Culture, in the form of music, art, drama and debating, is given a high priority in the school. Large numbers of students study these subjects formally, and many more participate in regular opportunities and events which promote the performing arts.
Up to 50% of all students play a musical instrument, and public performance and exposure to all of the cultural pursuits is strongly encouraged.
All in all, an education at Somerset College is not only about learning from books, it is about learning from life, and celebrating potential while recognising the need for happiness, stimulation and emotional fulfilment.