Healdtown Comprehensive School

Coordinates: 32°43′55″S 26°42′18″E / 32.73194°S 26.70500°E / -32.73194; 26.70500
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Healdtown Comprehensive School is a Methodist school located near Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. It was established in 1855 and assuming its current name in 1994, having been known for most of its history as simply "Healdtown". The founder was John Ayliff, a Wesleyan Methodist missionary from England. It was closed in 1865 and reopened in 1867 as a center for theological and teacher training. In 1880 the theological school was moved to another place, and the Teacher Training School remained. Girls were admitted to study there in 1898. In 1925 a high school course was added. The government took over the school in 1956 due to the Bantu Education Act of 1953. The hostels remained in the hands of the Methodist Church. 761 students used the hostels in 1967.

Prominent former pupils include:


  1. ^ Bank, Andrew; Swana, Vuyiswa (2013), Bank, Andrew; Bank, Leslie J. (eds.), "'Speaking from Inside': Archie Mafeje, Monica Wilson and the Co-Production ofLanga: A Study of Social Groups in an African Township", Inside African Anthropology: Monica Wilson and her Interpreters, The International African Library, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-1-139-33363-4, retrieved 28 December 2022
  • Methodist school survives challenges over 150 years
  • D. G. L. Cragg: Healdtown Institution. in: Nolan B. Harmon (ed.): The Encyclopedia of World Methodism. The United Methodist Publishing House, Nashville 1974, pp. 1101f
  • Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. Abacus, London 2005, pp. 43–50

32°43′55″S 26°42′18″E / 32.73194°S 26.70500°E / -32.73194; 26.70500