Curro was established in 1998, and is the leading for-profit independent school provider in southern Africa. It develops, acquires and manages independent schools for learners from the age of three months to Grade 12.
Curro believes that education is the cornerstone in the development of quality leaders and responsible citizens who will positively impact the economy, environment and society.
Curro’s vision is to make independent school education accessible to more learners throughout southern Africa.
Curro’s ethos and values
Four key principles inform Curro's value system.
Through these principles Curro created a balanced educational space in which a learner can learn and grow, as encompassed in the name of the group, ‘Curro’, which in Latin means 'I run'. It can be interpreted as follows: ‘I learn at my own learning pace and according to my own aptitude, attitude and talents’.
These principles form the foundation of Curro’s ethical standards, which are included in the group’s code of ethics, codes of conduct, good citizenship and related policies.
which is enhanced by:
Curro's schools apply 21st century teaching and learning methodology in classrooms, including the active involvement of technology. The Castles follow Curro's preschool curriculum, which was developed in-house. This assists in developing a child's physical, social and emotional well-being, while also providing a practical framework for both adult-facilitated and self-directed learning, laying the foundation before the child goes to primary school.
Curro considers the written curriculum to be the mainstay of its offering. It believes that successful learning takes place when the taught curriculum aligns with the intentions of the written curriculum.
The ancillary services vary between schools and include boarding, aftercare, cafeterias, school transport and activity centres.
Curro provides the opportunity to learners from all walks of life to obtain quality education. It's product offerings are as follows:
CURRO CASTLES are nursery schools that offer preschool children a carefully designed and unique curriculum with early learning goals in mind. Free-standing Castles accommodate learners from age three months (Group 1) to Grade R and Castles that form part of a full campus, accommodate children from three months (Group 1) to five years old (Group 5). These nursery schools have facilities which can accommodate up to 300 children.
CURRO SCHOOLS accommodate learners from 3 months old to Grade 12. Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 25 learners per class and the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) examination is written at the end of Grade 12. Tuition at these co-ed schools are traditionally parallel-medium (Afrikaans and English) from Group 4 to Grade 9 and dual-medium from Grade 10 to Grade 12. Naturally, a wide subject choice is offered in the Further Education and Training (FET) phase (Grade 10 to Grade 12). Excellent facilities and a significant number of elective subjects and extramural activities are offered.
CURRO SELECT SCHOOLS are schools that have been acquired by Curro Holdings. Although owned by Curro Holdings, these schools retain their original well-established identities and ethos. Select Schools accommodate learners from age three months to Grade 12, at the end of which the IEB (Independent Examinations Board) is written. The medium of instruction and learning is English, complemented by superior facilities, a rich heritage, sound academic and extramural results.
CURRO ACADEMY SCHOOLS accommodate learners from age five years (Grade RR) to Grade 12 and some Academy Schools also include a Curro Castle and can accommodate preschoolers. With a maximum class size of 35 learners, Academy Schools are co-ed, single-medium (English) and write the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination at the end of Grade 12. This cost-sensitive model ensures the lowest possible school fees without compromising academic standards and the excellent Curro curriculum. Focussed sports and cultural activities are offered.
MERIDIAN SCHOOLS accommodate learners from age five years old (Grade RR) to Grade 12 with a maximum class size of 35 learners. Meridian Schools are co-ed, single-medium (English) and write the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination
at the end of Grade 12. This cost-sensitive model ensures the lowest possible school fees without compromising academic standards and the excellent Curro curriculum. Focussed sports and cultural activities are offered. Meridian Schools are managed by Curro Holdings as part of a joint venture with Old Mutual.