Policy

Admissions

St Peter’s College is an independent co‐educational day school linked to the Anglican Church, drawing on the strengths and ethos of the St Peter’s Boys and Girls Prep schools. The College enrolment is currently about 600 students from ages 13 to 18.

Selecting the school that is right for your child is very important decision and we believe that a personal visit is invaluable. We very much hope that you and your child will visit St Peter’s. We hold two Open Days per year in March and August that give a general introduction to the school. We are also happy to take prospective parents and their children on a tour of the campus at other times. Please contact our Admissions department (admissions@stpeterscollege.co.za) for more information or to arrange a visit.

Parents should be aware that St Peter’s is a busy environment, where individuals' talents and aspirations are nurtured. We are a place where a values-led vision for holistic education is enshrined. In practice this means that every facet of a child’s development is embraced, and students are expected to participate in a range of co-curricular activities in the sporting and cultural arena. Busy students who are engaged by a full school programme thrive here.

Various compulsory weekend and late-evening activities support our commitment to this holistic education.

Scholarships

St Peter’s College attracts students with outstanding attributes in the areas of academic, sport and cultural achievement, and who display overall qualities of good citizenship and leadership.

Candidates must have submitted an enrolment application form and paid the R550 enrolment application fee in order to be considered for a scholarship. Applicants will be notified in January of their Grade 7 year that they may apply for a scholarship. 

Application criteria are as follows:

1.  Academic

  • Scholarship candidates:
    • Must have achieved at least 80% aggregate for their Grade 6 year.
    • Will be invited by the College to write the scholarship examinations based on this report.
    • Must have submitted an enrolment application form and paid the R550 enrolment application fee.
    • Will need to maintain an aggregate of at least 75% annually in order to maintain their academic scholarship for the following year. 

2.  Sport

  • Scholarship candidates:
    • Must compete at provincial/regional level to be considered.
    • Must submit a one-page CV detailing their achievements.
  • Scholarships are only offered in sports that are played at the College.
  • The sport scholarship will be in effect so long as the student participates at a provincial or national level.
  • The candidate’s academic performance will be taken into account.

3.  Cultural 1: Music

  • Completion of an external Grade 3 practical examination on an instrument of their choice.
  • Completion of an external Grade 1 theory of music examination.
  • Participation in at least one music ensemble (choir/orchestra/jazz band).
  • Music scholarship recipients will be required to:
    • Take music as a subject at Grade 10, 11 and 12 level (students may elect to discontinue their music studies in Grade 10, but this will result in the scholarship being withdrawn).
    • Maintain an aggregate of at least 75% in Music in order to maintain their scholarship. 
    • Participate in at least two music ensembles.
    • Perform at soirees and other music department events.
  • A shortlist of applicants will be auditioned.
  • We may contact the applicant’s music teacher for a reference.

4.  Cultural 2: Visual Art

  • In order to be eligible for a visual art scholarship, candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:
    • Submit a portfolio of their work.
    • Provide their art teacher’s details to be contacted for a reference.
  • Visual Art scholarship recipients will be required to:
    • Take Visual Art as a subject at Grade 10, 11 and 12 level (students may elect to discontinue their Visual Art studies in Grade 10, but this will result in the scholarship being withdrawn).
    • Maintain an aggregate of at least 75% in Visual Art in order to maintain scholarship.
    • Participate in College visual art exhibitions and the Art Task team.

5.  Cultural 3: Drama

  • In order to be eligible for a drama scholarship, candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:
    • Must submit a one-page CV of their work.
    • The following will be expected of drama scholarship recipients:
  • Take Drama as a subject at Grade 10, 11 and 12 level (students may elect to discontinue their drama studies in Grade 10, but this will result in the scholarship being withdrawn).
  • Maintain an aggregate of at least 75% in Drama in order to maintain scholarship.
  • Participate in productions, eg. acting, directing, props, etc. 
  • A shortlist of applicants will be auditioned.
  • We may contact the applicant’s drama teacher for a reference.

Criteria for entry

Applications for places at St Peter’s are oversubscribed, with almost double the number of children applying compared with places available.

We do not require a child to write an entrance examination to qualify for admission into St Peter's College. However, the child's school report is scrutinised and we request a confidential report from the child's primary/current school. Grade 8 applicants will need to pass Grade 7 and be the appropriate age to be considered for admission. We reserve the right to assess candidates for further clarification of ability if required eg. immigrants, homeschooled individulals. The College Admissions department obtain a credit reference from the candidate’s current school. After reviewing the reports and feedback, we then schedule an interview for both child and parents with the College Headmaster.

Applicants moving from a learning assisted environment will need to supply a recent Educational Psychologist's report confirming they are ready to mainstream. 

Places for Grade 8 are allocated on the following basis:

  • Places are offered to siblings and graduates from the St Peter's Boys and Girls Prep schools first. 
  • Places are then offered in date order of application.

Religious beliefs

St Peter’s College is an Anglican Church school that does not select for entry on the basis of religious belief. It is important to note, however, that all students are expected to respect the distinctive Christian ethos of the College and to attend our Chapel services, without having to feel obliged to convert to Anglicanism.