Roedean School (South Africa)

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Roedean School (SA)
Honneur aulx Dignes (Honour to the Worthy)
Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Type Private, Boarding
Established 1903
Locale Suburban
Headmistress Mary Williams
Exam board IEB
Grades 0–12
Number of students 794 girls
School color(s) Green, blue, and white
Fees R 126 582 p.a. (boarding)
R 90 000 p.a. (tuition)

Roedean School is a private day and boarding school for girls located in Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.


The school was founded in 1903 by Theresa Lawrence and her close friend, Katherine Margaret Earle: two young women in their early thirties, both educated at the University of Cambridge. They acted as joint Heads of School during the years 1903–1930. It is a sister school of Roedean School in Brighton, England which was founded by three older sisters of Theresa Lawrence, namely Penelope, Millicent, and Dorothy.

The school began with 22 pupils, and was situated in a small house in Jeppestown, Johannesburg. In 1904, it relocated to its current site in Houghton, Johannesburg.

Sir Herbert Baker, a prominent architect responsible for many of Johannesburg's most historical houses and monuments, designed the original school buildings. The oldest structures include St. Ursula's Building and Founder's Hall. Over the years, additions have been made, but the signature Herbert Baker features, with arches, colonnades, unwashed brickwork, and courtyards have been maintained.

The school has an Anglican foundation and is linked to St John's College, also in Houghton, by the Desmond and Leah Tutu Bridge.

Notable alumnae[edit]


Roedean's leavers write the Independent Examinations Board exams.

IEB Results 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Number of candidates 73 71 83 74 61
Number of failures 0 0 0 0 0
University endorsement (%) 100 100 100 100 100
A aggregates (%) 53.4 29.6 55.4 44.6 59
A-B-C aggregates (%) 98.6 100 97.6 94.6 95.1
Subject distinctions 204 198 217 184 177
Number in top 50 3 3 2 4 2
Roedean School

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BC 973 Mary Maytham Kidd Collection". Manuscripts & Archives. University of Cape Town Libraries. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  2. ^ McGrory, Mary (29 July 1985). "Cheerful reformer fights apartheid". Eugene Register-Guard. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rosemary Crouch – Matric Class 1956". Featured Alumni. Roedean School. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
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