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Kingswood College
File:Kingswood Badge.gif
“Studia hilaritate proveniunt” (In cheerfulness, is the success of our studies)
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Type Private, Boarding
Established 1894
Locale Suburban
Headmaster Jon Trafford
Grades Pre-primary - Grade 12, and Bridging Year (Post Matric)
Number of students 400 boys and Girls
Fees R 177,480p.a. (boarding)
R68 500 p.a. (tuition)

Kingswood College is a private, co-educational, boarding and day school in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was founded in 1894 and derives its name and ideals from Kingswood School in Bath, England. They also use the same distinctive Wyvern crest and abide by the same Methodist ethos.



Kingswood College derives its name and ideals from the 18th century college established by John Wesley (the founder of the Methodist Church) in Bristol, England in 1748.

Kingswood College is one of the oldest Methodist educational institutions in South Africa with roots in the Settlers days of the 1820s.

The Salem Academy, founded by the Methodist minister to the 1820 Settlers, William Shaw, was started in Albany in the 1830s. The Academy was subsequently moved to Grahamstown where it was renamed the Shaw College.

What was eventually to become Kingswood College started out as the Wesleyan Collegiate School for Boys and moved to its present site in Burton Street in 1896.

While the College is a Methodist foundation, children from other denominations and creeds are welcome at Kingswood. The Kingswood philosophy has always been, and remains, to provide a liberal education rooted in the Judaeo-Christian tradition, which helps to foster every pupil's development - spiritual, moral, social, intellectual, cultural and physical.

The first 100 years of Kingswood's history is contained in a book called Still Upon a Frontier - a detailed account of the events that shaped Kingswood's traditions and ethos. Written by a former Kingswood chaplain, Rev Howard Kirkby, and his wife Joyce, the book is a reference used every day by the staff and pupils of the College.(Published by the Old Kingswoodian Club, Kingswood College, Grahamstown January 1994)

Senior School

The IEB (Independent Examination Board) offers a Grade 12 exit examination that equips pupils for admission to all South African and most overseas universities.


The House System

Pastoral care plays a critical role in the academic, social, spiritual and emotional growth of young people. The focus of this is centred in the House system. The Senior School is divided into six residential Houses. These are : Chubb House,Gane House,Jagger House and Wood House for boys, and Jacques House and Kirkby House for girls.

Day girls also have their own common room and work space, and a houseperson.

With approximately 50 pupils per House, the Houses are managed by a resident Housepeson supported by Assistant Housepersons and student assistants (called stooges).

Academic Curriculum

Kingswood follows the South African National Curriculum Statement as examined by the Independent Examination board (IEB).

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