Roedean School (South Africa)

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Roedean School (SA)
TypePrivate, Boarding
MottoHonneur Aulx Dinges
(Honour to the Worthy)
Executive HeadMr Murray Thomas
Exam boardIEB
Number of students815 girls
School color(s)Green, blue, and white
Fees 2017R 74 951–138 845 (tuition+mand.)
+R 103 176 (boarding)

Roedean School is a private day and boarding school for girls located in Parktown, 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 Parktown, 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.

Notable alumnae[edit]


Roedean's leavers write the Independent Examinations Board exams.

Roedean School

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  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. ^ Philp, Rowan (4 October 2013). "The return of Jani Allan". The M&G Online. Retrieved 20 August 2016. Roed
  4. ^ "Featured Alumni – Rosemary Crouch". Roedean School (SA). Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Featured Alumni – Lauren Beukes". Roedean School (SA). Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Featured Alumni – Rapelang Rabana". Roedean School (SA). Retrieved 10 September 2016.

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