Cordwalles Preparatory School

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Cordwalles Preparatory School
TypePrivate, Boarding
MottoCourage Builds Character
FounderSamuel Baines
HeadmasterLance Veenstra
GradesPre-primary - 7
Number of students315 boys
School color(s)Brown and white
FeesR 39 900 p.a. (boarding)
R 59 800 p.a. (tuition)

Cordwalles is a private, boarding preparatory school for boys founded in 1912. It is located in Pietermaritzburg, the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


Cordwalles was founded in 1912 by the Rt Revd Samuel Baines, Bishop of Natal as a preparatory school for Michaelhouse. It has grown considerably since its early beginnings as a boarding-only school and has had only seven headmasters. Cordwalles has an Anglican foundation.


  • J. H. E. Besant, MA (Oxon) (1912 – 1946)
  • J. D. Parmiter, MA (Cantab) (1947 – 1956)
  • R. C. Brooks, MA (Cantab) (1957 – 1984)
  • D. B. E Bawden (1985 – 1995)
  • T. G. Evans (1996 – 2003)
  • Simon Weaver (2004 – 2015)
  • Lance Veenstra (2016 – present)

The school today[edit]


Cordwalles is a boys preparatory school, which educates boys from Grade RR (boys turning 5) to Grade 7 (boys turning 13).

Cordwalles consists of fifteen hectares of ground, an 'Inky' (pre-school to grade 2) block and Lecture Room, Theatre, Science Laboratory, Design & Technology Centre and Computer and Media Centres.

There are over 300 boys taught by an academic and support staff of over 50. Most leavers go on to attend local private senior schools such as Hilton College, Kearsney College, Maritzburg College, St. Charles College and especially Michaelhouse.

The headmaster, Simon Weaver is an old boy of Cordwalles, having been a pupil at the school from 1970 to 1975. He went on to Michaelhouse where he also did a post matric year. Weaver was deputy headmaster of The Ridge School (1995–1998). He was appointed headmaster of Pridwin (1999–2003) before moving to Cordwalles in 2004.


Cordwalles Preparatory School was founded by Bishop Samuel Baines in 1912 when Michaelhouse moved from Pietermaritzburg to Balgowan and needing a preparatory school of its own to ensure its future enrolment.

Cordwalles consisted of 5 acres (2.0 ha) of land, a house and twelve boys. By 1917 the school encompassed 19 acres (7.7 ha) of land, classrooms and dormitories. In the 1930s the Chapel, Gymnasium, Swimming Pool as well as additional classrooms, dormitories and land were added. During the Second World War numbers rose to one hundred and forty seven boys. From the 1950s further dormitories together with a Kitchen block, Sanatorium, and enlarged Dining Hall, Science Laboratory, Library and Staff Houses were constructed. The 1960s saw the development of the double storey block, the five sports fields and the four tennis courts.

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Coordinates: 29°35′40″S 30°21′43″E / 29.59444°S 30.36194°E / -29.59444; 30.36194